Southampton manager attacks his Man United counterpart.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has savaged Man United boss Louis van Gaal, deeming his managerial style as one that could do more harm than good at Old Trafford according to the Daily Mirror.
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Koeman, who has had his run-ins with his Dutch counterpart in the past, is quick to point out van Gaal’s pedigree but has made a point of identifying the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s ‘dark-side’ and how it could impact on his time at Man United.
“When you bring Van Gaal in the house, you bring in quality,”
“But you also bring in someone who thinks he knows everything. And that will cause clashes.
“There is a big difference between him and and me as managers. I was his assistant at Barcelona after the World Cup in 1998. I learned a lot of things from him.
“But the way he handles his players is totally different from the way I work. I don’t put as much pressure on the shoulder of players.
“When you have Van Gaal in charge, it is a fact that there is fear in his team. The players have a fear for mister Van Gaal. That is not always good.”
Man United’s defeat at Swansea City over the weekend saw Arsenal leapfrog them into third spot and the club’s push for a Champions League berth looks far from plain sailing.
This despite the fact that van Gaal invested over £150m in new additions last summer and one wonders if van Gaal would be safe from the sack if indeed a top four spot was not secured.