Nicky Butt has completely dismissed the “myth” that both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho disrespected traditions at Man Utd.
Neither Van Gaal nor Mourinho are remembered fondly for spells in charge at Old Trafford, with the former attracting criticism from United legend Paul Scholes for his playing style, and the latter being his usual abrasive self.
Head of first-team development Butt, who worked under both as a coach, has expressed sympathy for them and their efforts to help the club in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The former England midfielder even said criticism of David Moyes was “harsh…to a point”, but also admitted he “prefers” working with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I think it’s harsh on Van Gaal and Mourinho, and David Moyes to a point, because they didn’t come into Man Utd and go, ‘this is it, move it all to one side, disrespect Man Utd and we’ll do it this way,” said Butt in the latest MUTV Group Chat.
“They didn’t. They never did – it’s a myth that they did.
“Mourinho was brilliant with me. He spoke to me every single day at breakfast and asked about the kids. He did a few meetings with the kids when they were going to Portugal [in the UEFA Youth League] and telling them what to expect and so on.
“If me and you and Ben [Thornley] and Maysie [David May] said ‘Let’s go and work at Real Madrid’, you’re not going to know anybody. There’s that many people that stab you in the back in football as you all know.
“If you’re going into an environment you don’t know, you’re not going to open the door to every Tom, Dick and Harry, because you don’t know who these people are, you don’t know where they’re going. So you can understand both sides of the story.
“Obviously, I prefer the way it is now, I preferred the way it was when we were there [as players], but that’s because we knew everybody. You trusted the canteen staff, you trusted the cleaning staff, because you knew them when you were 16, so we can look at it in a bubble and go ‘all these managers come in here and it’s shocking’ but I don’t think it is, because you’ve got to put yourself in their position, and if you went out to a club you didn’t know, it’ll be totally different.”
Louis van Gaal told of the seven major blunders he made at Man Utd
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been told he did himself zero favours during his time at Old Trafford by discarding seven key stars from the Sir Alex Ferguson era too quickly.
The Dutchman – who was at Manchester United for two years, winning the FA Cup in his time there – was chosen as the man to replace David Moyes in summer 2014 and was seen by those in authority at Old Trafford as the man to bring the good times back for the Red Devils.
However, Van Gaal often divided opinion with his forthright and often tempestuous approach to the media, while some of his most costly transfer incomings – namely Memphis Depay and Angel Di Maria – failed to deliver the goods.
Now, however, Van Gaal has been criticised for the players he decided to cast aside during his time at Old Trafford, with a report in The Athletic naming seven men he got rid of too soon. Read more…