Stoichkov and van Gaal worked briefly together at the Camp Nou and was sold by the Dutchman in 1998. The former striker – widely regarded as the greatest Bulgarian player in history – appears to still hold a grudge.
Stoichkov believes that LVG is ‘destroying’ Manchester United, and has pleaded with Pedro Rodriguez to spurn the opportunity to move to Old Trafford this summer.
“I would never be under the orders of Van Gaal,” Stoichkov has told Onda Cero, as quoted by Sky Sports. “He’s mediocre. He destroyed Barca and is destroying Man Utd.
“With what he has done to goalkeeper [Victor] Valdes he has shown he is a bad person. Hopefully Pedro listens to me and doesn’t leave.”
Latest reports on the Red Devils’ pursuit of Pedro claim that his transfer to Old Trafford could be announced tomorrow.
The Spaniard has been mooted as a potential replacement to Angel Di Maria who sealed a move to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last week.