Former Manchester United manager’s maddest moments as he announces retirement

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The 67-year-old has decided to hang up his suit with his last role being at Manchester United

Three years after being dismissed by Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has retired from football management.

Van Gaal has retired from football

Van Gaal has retired from football

The legendary Dutchman was famed for his no-nonsense approach and was one of football’s larger than life characters, especially during his spell in the Premier League.

Always good value for money, takes a look at some his best moments.

Forgetting Chris Smalling’s name

In a squad packed with numerous internationals and names such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin among them, it was the rather more simple title of Chris Smalling that seemed most taxing for Van Gaal to remember.

While sat alongside him at a pre-season press conference, Van Gaal referred to his defender as ‘Mike Smalling’ despite the player having his name in front of him.

Four months later and ‘Mike’ had now become ‘Michael Smalling’ as Van Gaal was once again guilty of mistaken identity.

Stat attack

For a man who has won the Champions League, Bundesliga and La Liga titles, it appeared Van Gaal did not appreciate Sam Allardyce suggesting his team played ‘long ball’ football, after all, this was the style the former Bolton boss had become synonymous with.

At his next press conference, Van Gaal came armed with pages of statistics to discredit that theory, which he distributed to the assembled media, before proceeding to explain each page and then suggesting they give a copy to ‘Big Sam’.

He said what?!

Post match interviews are usually carefully constructed, cliche-ridden statements with the answer as predictable as the question. Van Gaal was an exception to this.

When asked by Sky Sports about an incident in which Marouane Fellaini had his hair pulled by Robert Huth, the Man United boss then pretended to do the same to the interviewer, before replying: “It’s not in the books that somebody has to grab with the hair. Only in sex masochism… then it is allowed.”

Sing along

Despite many United supporters remaining sceptical with the progress they were making under Van Gaal following his first season in charge, his relationship with them appeared to be developing on and off the pitch.

This was evident following a match with Arsenal, when he stayed behind to sign some autographs, before joining in to chant his own name.

Depending on how you hear this, it is one of the best/worst things you will ever listen to.

Taking a dive

While Arsene Wenger stood on the touchline in collected fashion, his opposite number was theatrically writhing on his back like an upturned insect, protesting to Mike Dean over a perceived dive from Alexis Sanchez.

It was greeted by huge cheers from those inside Old Trafford and made all the more impressive by his ability to keep hold of his pen and match notes.


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David Brightwell is a sports writer and has been writing for over 20 years, writing for BBC sports / Sky Sports and NBC in America David has an amazing eye for detail and loves Football.

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