Bulgarian footballing legend Hristo Stoichkov has launched a scathing attack on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, claiming that the Old Trafford manager is a “bad person” and has warned Pedro to steer clear of a move to the club as the Dutchman will ruin his career.
The Barcelona attacker has been heavily linked with a switch to the Theatre of Dreams of late, with a deal between the two clubs thought to be close.
Pedro has dropped down the pecking order at the Camp Nou following the arrival of Luis Suarez last summer and the chance of first-team action is thought to be appealing to him.
However, Stoichkov has warned him against a possible transfer to work under Van Gaal, launching an astonishing attack on the former Netherlands boss’ managerial ability, character and record at the club:
“I would never be under the orders of Van Gaal,” he told Onda Cero, via Sky Sports. “He’s mediocre. He destroyed Barca and is destroying Man Utd.
“With what he has done to goalkeeper [Victor] Valdes he has shown he is a bad person. Hopefully Pedro listens to me and doesn’t leave.
“I would never leave if I was Pedro because if he goes there he would no longer be a footballer.
“He has spent £200m (at United) and the other day I saw his first game of the season: disastrous. He won 1-0 (against Tottenham) because of an own goal.”
Stoichkov was sold in 1998 by Van Gaal during his spell in charge of Barca after making a minimal impact under the Dutch boss.