Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is a bad man, claims Franck Ribery
Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has branded Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal a “bad man”.
The pair worked together during Van Gaal’s time in charge at the Allianz Arena – and France international Ribery was not impressed with the Dutchman’s man-management skills.
He says he and Van Gaal fell out because of the United boss’ reluctance to embrace his star players.
They won a league and cup double together in the 2009/10 campaign, but Ribery claims success on the pitch masked a rocky personal relationship. He indicated that Van Gaal’s insistence on making the players start from scratch and prove themselves all over again damaged his professional pride and caused him to lose trust in his manager.
Ribery told Goal: “We had problems on a human basis. When he started, nobody knew what was going to happen.
“His idea was that he did not care about names at all, you don’t need stars, everybody had to prove themselves again.
“The first contact with him was already poisoned. As a professional you lose your trust. He does great things on the pitch but the coach Van Gaal was a bad man. Our relationship was crushed.”
He went on to say that his relationship with Van Gaal almost caused him to quit Bayern, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City all keen to sign him. As it turned out, he is now in his eighth season with the Bavrian giants.