Louis van Gaal is furious with the way his tenure at Manchester United ended and feels he was stabbed in the back by new coach Jose Mourinho, according to the Sun.
The Dutchman was axed just days after winning the FA Cup, the first major piece of silverware for the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and replaced by the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’.
Prior to his usurping in the role, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach shared a good relationship with the Portuguese, having mentored him with the Blaugrana.
However, the public nature of his dismissal and the quick-fire appointment of Mourinho as his successor is believed to have infuriated the 64-year old.
“Louis feels betrayed by how Jose took over and how he was sacked”, a source told the paper.
“He didn’t believe he would be axed after the FA Cup win and now realises what happened since December with Mourinho.
“Louis feels stabbed in the back by Jose… and by the club.”
“Maybe his own personality meant he didn’t believe it, yet at Wembley he still didn’t have any official word about his future.
“It was only when he got a text from United boss Ed Woodward on Sunday afternoon, asking for talks as the United train was approaching Stockport, that he knew it was over.”
Contact between van Gaal and Mourinho is understood to have stopped, where it was previously a regular occurrence over the years.