Former Manchester United defender Rafael has claimed Louis van Gaal bluntly told him to leave the club because he ‘hates’ Brazilian players.
Rafael played one season for Van Gaal before being offloaded. He was a regular for Manchester United before the arrival of Van Gaal but made just 11 appearances under Van Gaal.
“I never got an explanation. When Van Gaal arrived, he just said: ‘OK, you leave’,”Rafael told The Athletic.
“He came in with an idea of the players he wanted, and didn’t want, and set about making those changes instantly. He never explained it to me.
“But I’ve heard a few explanations from other people and, even before he arrived, everyone was telling me, ‘He hates Brazilians’.
“I don’t know if it’s true or not but I heard it started with Rivaldo when Van Gaal was manager of Barcelona. He put Rivaldo on the bench and Rivaldo started speaking badly of him, trying to sack him, you know. After that, they say he started to hate Brazilians: ‘Those Brazilians love to sack managers’, something like that.”