Louis van Gaal responds to Di Maria calling him the ‘worst manager of my career’

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has played down his row with Angel di Maria after the Argentina player labelled him the worst manager he has worked under.

Le Oranje take on Argentina in the World Cup quarter-final on Friday where van Gaal and di Maria will cross paths again after their time together at Manchester United.

With van Gaal at the helm, the Red Devils signed di Maria in a £60m deal from Real Madrid in 2014. Despite a good start in Manchester, the midfielder was sold to PSG a year later.

Di Maria told TyC Sports in 2021: “My problem at Manchester was the coach. ‘Van Gaal was the worst of my career. I would score, assist, and the next day he would show me my misplaced passes.

‘He displaced me from one day to the other, he didn’t like players being more than him.’

Van Gaal was asked about di Maria’s comments at a press conference on Thursday, sat alongside Memphis Depay ahead of their game with La Albiceleste.

‘He’s one of the few players with this opinion,’ van Gaal said of di Maria. ‘I’m really sorry about this and I find it sad he said this.

‘Memphis had to deal with it too at Manchester, and now we kiss each other on the mouth.’

Depay, who also played under van Gaal at the theatre of dreams, was left in hysterics by this manager’s comments.

The 71-year-old has been in an affectionate mood with his team during the World Cup in Qatar, thanking Denzel Dumfries with a ‘big fat kiss’ after the Inter wing-back scored and made two assists in the 3-1 win in over USA.

Netherlands turned in their best display of the competition in that last 16 win last Saturday, with Depay, Dumfries and Daley Blind on the score sheet.

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