Former Manchester United Full-back Rafael Says Van Gaal was The Main Reason He Left The Club in 2015

Ex-Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva shared his frustrating moment with then manager Louis van Gaal during their time at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal joined Manchester United in 2014, after a successful stint with the Dutch national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup coupled with his impressive CV, replacing under performing coach David Moyes.

Van Gaal the first manager to win a trophy with Man United following Ferguson’s retirement

How many trophies did Louis Van Gaal won at Manchester United

However, the 61-year-old failed to bring the team back into the spotlight and was eventually sacked from the hot seat in 2016, after he guided the club to its first trophy [FA Cup] since 2013, following Ferguson’s departure.

The Brazilian described Van Gaal as one of the worst managers he has worked with, insisting the Dutchman did not give him a chance during his reign in Manchester.

In an interview with The Athletic, Rafeal said: “When they said Van Gaal was the manager, a lot of friends called me telling me he doesn’t like Brazilians because of the style they play. The told me the first thing he is going to do is take you out. Actually it was the second day because on the first day, he did not speak to me.”

Manchester United Rafael da Silva

“On the second day, he said, you can leave. I had not even trained and he said that. I could not believe it. Ryan Giggs tried to defend me a lot. I spoke with him and I could not understand it because I had not even had a chance to show my football to him [Van Gaal] in training.”

How many trophies did Rafael da Silva won at Manchester United

Rafael da Silva made over 100 appearances for Manchester United between 2008 and 2015, winning three Premier League crowns and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.


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