Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has already hit out at potential Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for the Dutchman’s tendency of dividing his own squad, Daily Mail reports.

The Red Devils are on the verge of completing a deal for the Dutch coach to be David Moyes’ permanent long-term replacement with Ryan Giggs stepping down from care-taker manager.

But Soriano, who used to work at Barcelona, considers van Gaal as extremely confrontational and has alienated players wherever he worked.

He said: “If you treat your people badly, they remember. One day you make an error and they kill you. I’ve seen this in many clubs.

“Louis van Gaal has been a very good coach in many clubs but his style is very difficult. The same thing happened to him in Barcelona as in Bayern Munich.

“He is very tough, people don’t like him, but he wins. And one day you don’t win — and when you don’t win, everybody that is angry with you will come back to you and try to kill you.

“In the movies this works, in real life it doesn’t.”

Van Gaal was sacked by Barcelona in 2003 with Soriano installed at the club only a year later, where he learned all about the current Holland boss.

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