Louis van Gaal feels as though he has been “stabbed in the back” by Jose Mourinho and Manchester United having been replaced as manager.
It had been speculated ever since Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December that he was primed to take over from Van Gaal at United, but the Dutchman continually insisted he would still be in charge at Old Trafford come the start of next season.
According to a source close to Van Gaal, it was not until the day after the FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace that the 64-year-old finally accepted the rumours about Mourinho were true.
The source told The Sun on Sunday: “Louis feels betrayed by how Jose took over and how he was sacked.
“He didn’t believe he would be axed after the FA Cup win and now realises what happened since December with Mourinho.
“Louis feels stabbed in the back by Jose… and by the club.
“He had heard everything during the season, but the fact remained he was still manager and then won the prize of the FA Cup.
“Maybe his own personality meant he didn’t believe it, yet at Wembley he still didn’t have any official word about his future.
“It was only when he got a text from United boss Ed Woodward on Sunday afternoon, asking for talks as the United train was approaching Stockport, that he knew it was over.”
Van Gaal had initially planned to retire after his final year at United, but the source says he is “definitely not finished in football” and will be “driven by revenge” in his next job.