Rafael names Manchester United’s worst manager and it isn’t David Moyes

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Manchester United great Rafael has slammed former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for his sick and boring reign at the club.

The former United defender described the Dutch tactician as one of the worst persons he’s ever worked with in his life and regret his time under him.

He told the Athletic: “I talk bad about some people, like Van Gaal. I don’t like Van Gaal.

“When they said Van Gaal was the manager, a lot of friends called me. I could not believe it, as a lot of people told me he does not like Brazilians (because of their style of play).

“They told me: ‘The first thing he is going to do is take you out.’

“Actually, it was the second thing because on the first day, he did not speak to me. On the second day, he said: ‘You can leave.’ I had not even trained and he said that. I could not believe it.

“I said: ‘OK.’ I still tried to battle for my place. I stayed one year with him. It was so, so hard. He is one of the worst people I have worked with.”

He said: “Every day, after breakfast, after lunch, or if we had dinner together, he would speak to everyone for 15 minutes about training, about what has happened, about everything, about life.

“You know when you start to stop listening to what someone is saying, because they speak so much? He wanted to show he could speak. But it was every day! All the time!

“You need to wait for everybody to finish their food to leave, which is fine, OK. But then we watched him talk, for 15 minutes, with all due respect, about s. That is the truth, man. It was s.

“He didn’t care how people are, he just wanted to think about himself – ‘I am like this, you respect me, you do like I want.’ That’s how he speaks.

“Players get tired of this. You don’t need to speak all the time. If we talk (about the culture of the club), he changed everything.”

Rafael and his twin brother Fabio were once tipped for big things after coming through under Ferguson, but were eventually shipped out by Van Gaal after he replaced David Moyes as Red devils manager.

The Dutchman only lasted two seasons at Old Trafford being replaced by Jose Mourinho.