Former Dutch international Wim van Hanegem has ripped into Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, claiming he’s been mistreating his players and making them suffer with his outdated managerial style.
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Ryan Giggs, Radamel Falcao, and Angel di Maria have all reportedly been victims of Van Gaal’s wrath so far this season, with Van Hanegem claiming that his countryman’s lack of respect has been the key factor in United’s lack of progress this season.
Van Hanegem, who was quoted by the Daily Mirror, said: “What I hate to see is how Van Gaal is treating Ryan Giggs. Louis has more attention for the other geezer next to him. But Louis forgets that we are talking here about Ryan Giggs.
“Louis has played for Telstar, FC Antwerp and Sparta Rotterdam. Giggs was a giant as a player. He deserves more respect than this. Falcao has proven over the past few years that he is one of the best strikers in the world.
“But at United he is being treated as if he was signed from an old fourth division club. Sometimes he’s allowed to play a few minutes, sometimes he is allowed to start, other times he sits 90 minutes on the bench, or even worse, in the stands.
“I can see there are more players not happy at United. Di Maria was one of the most important links in the chain at Real Madrid. In the World Cup he was the best player in the Argentina side. But at United he hasn’t been able to pass a ball over more than 25 yards most times.”
The 1974 World Cup star also criticised Van Gaal for his ever-changing choice in formations and systems, none of which have seemingly been taken to by the United players.
He added: “I don’t know what to think of his coaching and management any more. I start to think that Louis has had a lot of luck with the teams he has coached before. At United he is running out of luck. The way United are playing it is not even a guarantee they can finish in fourth place in the league.
“In fact, I watch them a lot, but not once this season I have seen Louis’ team play decent. I still have not seen the hand of Louis in all this.In a way that is not surprising, because Louis keeps messing about with his line-ups.”