Louis van Gaal has slammed Manchester United for the way they sacked him in 2016.

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Van Gaal was appointed Manchester United boss in 2014 but was sacked after two seasons, and only 48 hours after winning the FA Cup. There was strong rumours in the months heading up to his final game that Jose Mourinho was to take over, and the Portuguese coach was appointed soon after Van Gaal’s sacking.

Speaking about his dismissal for the first time, Van Gaal told Algameen Dagblad, “They told me only after it was leaked out, it was the biggest disappointment of my life.

“United put my head in a noose and I was publicly placed on the gallows. The pressure was enormous with my head in the noose and they went right behind my back, I think it was all orchestrated like a film and it was done very much behind my back right from January.”

Van Gaal and his coaching team were paid £8.4 million for his dismissal, and the 66-year-old said he made the club pay every penny for the way they treated him. He said, “United did not discuss this with me. If they had come to me with the Mourinho plan then I could have said ‘OK, let’s give it everything for the last six months, complete commitment to each other and the team and then Jose Mourinho can take over.

“They could have saved the last year of my salary by doing that but after what happened I made them pay every penny.”

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