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Louis van Gaal ignores Hristo Stoichkov criticism

by Robbie Dunne

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has chosen to ignore the comments made by his former player Hristo Stoichkov.

Former Barcelona hero Stoichkov was brutal in his assessment of van Gaal on Spanish radio recently, claiming that van Gaal is destroying Man United.

He referred to van Gaal as “mediocre” before urging current Barcelona forward Pedro not to join the Dutchman at Old Trafford.

Stoichkov was highly successful during his first five years at the Camp Nou, winning five La Liga titles, but he left the club soon after van Gaal became manager.

Hristo Stoichkov

When asked about the comments, van Gaal said: “I always want to consider who is saying, I already know why. It doesn’t bother me. Stoichkov is one of the players I sent away so that’s why he is doing that.

“There are more players speaking highly about me than people saying things like Stoichkov.”

Van Gaal is entering a critical time during his spell at United. The club’s hierarchy are moving mountains in order to accommodate the experienced coach and he must repay their faith in him with a Premier League title challenge along with a long run in the Champions League.

Van Gaal has signed five players this summer and has sold the likes of Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverly, Nani and Robin van Persie. It is slowly becoming his squad and he must start to show more of an attacking verve if his stint at the club is to be seen as a success.

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