Louis van Gaal has had plenty of faux pas moments at Manchester United but he may well have outdone himself on Friday.
Speaking about the current Man United squad, van Gaal said there was a lack of title winning experience and even went on to say David de Gea had never won the Premier League.
“The players who are now playing, they are not used to being champions,” van Gaal said.
He continued: “Memphis Depay was a champion last year [with PSV] so not many players… Rooney, Carrick, they have been the champions once, or maybe more than once.
“But you have to see always the situation of where the club is, and we have seen that we are in a transitional period, and when I was mentioned as the coach, it was also about that we discussed.”
Needless to say, United fans were pretty stunned by van Gaal’s comments. Did he really just say that?
@UnitedPeoplesTV Fucking hell Louis…
— Elliot Saunders (@saunders_MUFC) April 29, 2016
@UnitedPeoplesTV oh my god. He is giving Wenger a run for his money.
— Gopalakrishnan (@gopalavv) April 29, 2016
— The Exile (@exiledintexas) April 29, 2016
@UnitedPeoplesTV Only two more weeks till the fraud is gone. Patience.
— SEUN (@Dan_Onas) April 29, 2016
— John Haefner (@HaefnerJohn) April 29, 2016
Crumbs. I mean…..even for Louis, that's just…..wow. https://t.co/ownAhszcsj
— Red Voices (@RedVoicesMUFC) April 29, 2016
Louis van Gaal on our players: "They are not used to being champions." pic.twitter.com/4XnWxGglJF
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) April 29, 2016
Scott over at Republik of Mancunia took the time to detail just how wrong van Gaal was by listing all the titles in our current squad:
David de Gea – 2013
Phil Jones – 2013
Marcos Rojo – 2011
Memphis Depay – 2015
Juan Mata – (never won the league with Chelsea, but won the Champions League in 2012)
Anthony Martial – N/A
Wayne Rooney – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013
Chris Smalling – 2011 and 2013
Michael Carrick – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013
Daley Blind – 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Ashley Young – 2013
Sergio Romero – 2009
Ander Herrera – N/A
Luke Shaw – N/A
Antonio Valencia – 2011 and 2013
Marouane Fellaini – 2008
Morgan Schneiderlin – N/A
Bastian Schweinsteiger – 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Matteo Darmian – N/A
There might have been a point earlier this season where fans would have been able to laugh off something like this. “Ah Louis you old Dutch fool” we’d have jested. Not anymore.
Van Gaal really doesn’t help himself does he? It’s quite easy to see why fans have lost patience with him when you see comments like this.