Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has labeled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as ‘Garbage’ and added that the Dutchman is the reason behind him moving away from Barcelona.
Stoichkov has spent seven seasons at Barca and worked under Van Gaal at the Nou Camp in the late 1990s during his second spell with the club. Just a year after Van Gaal’s appointment, he left the Spanish outfit for CSKA Sofia in 1998.
In a recent interview, Stoichkov told Catalan newspaperSportthat he blamed the Dutchman for his departure from the club. “I have no respect for Van Gaal. He’s garbage as a person,” he said.
“Once, we went to the Bernabeu after I had been injured on my knee and he made me play left-back. On another day, while I was injured, he went to my wife and asked her how it was possible that she married such a bad person like me. My wife had responded that I had won the Ballon d’Or” he explained.
He also blamed Van Gaal for him moving away from the Catalans, which he deems as the saddest day of his life. “The happiest day of my life was when I joined Barcelona and the saddest when I left. And it was Van Gaal’s fault” he said.
In contrast, Stoichkov, who played a major role in helping Barcelona to four consecutive league titles during his first spell at the club, had nothing but good words to say about Van Gaal’s former assistant Jose Mourinho.
He added: ‘[I] do not think that Mourinho was a simple interpreter or assistant. He was already a coach, but he never thought he was worth more than [Bobby] Robson. Mourinho understood everything. He knew everything about our team, and our opponents.”