Ah, Louis van Gaal. The Iron Tulip gave us a great day out at Wembley when Manchester United lifted the FA Cup for the first time in over a decade. However, there were also times when he would put the Old Trafford faithful to sleep.
Now retired, for whatever reason, he cannot keep the Red Devils out of his mind, and now he’s taken aim at Jose Mourinho in regards about the self-proclaimed Special One’s treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The German midfielder always found it tough to stay fit at Manchester United. Eventually, he found himself benched by Mourinho, before training with the reserves just days before he left for the MLS.
Now Van Gaal has had plenty to say…
“Schweinsteiger was, of course, older but not too old,” the former United boss told Sport Bild, translated by Sky Sports News.
“His body was not able to keep up with the high demands of Premier League.
“Bayern sold him to us as fit player, but, in fact, physically he had reached the end.”
“How Mourinho treated him after me, Schweini did not deserve this. But it explains the situation, how it stood with Schweinsteiger.
“It’s a shame because he is a player like Luis Enrique, Mark van Bommel or Philipp Lahm – the guys who always present on the pitch.”
Perhaps Van Gaal has a point, but we’ll never know the ins and outs in regards to what went on behind closed doors. One thing that is clear, though, is the fact that Schweinsteiger wasn’t anywhere near good enough to play Premier League football week-in-week-out.
The main issue I have is why is Van Gaal coming out with this now? We’re way down the line. Heck, he’s been away from Manchester United for almost two years now, and Schweinsteiger hasn’t been here for over a year himself.
Everyone has moved on, so it feels rather needless to continue to talk about this subject. I just get the feeling that Mr. Van Gaal is feeling bitter about the way United chose to let him go…