Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinze Rummenigge has hit out at the current Manchester United boss by claiming that Louis van Gaal has a huge ego.
LVG was in charge of Bayern after Rummenigge hired the Dutchman in 2009. He subsequently went on to lead the German club to the league and cup double in his first season, as well as reaching the Champions League final.
That wasn’t to be enough for van Gaal to rest on for long as he was dismissed towards the end of his second season in charge.
Rummenigge told Germany’s Spiegel magazine, ‘As soon as he presented his autobiography in a snobby restaurant, I knew hard times were ahead,’
‘Louis van Gaal was not always easy-care. He wanted to ‘Vangaalise’ our club. He has a huge ego.’
He did eventually pay tribute to the success of van Gaal’s first season in charge but didn’t hesitate to stress just how much he is enjoying Pep Guardiola’s reign.
‘Pep’s a genius,’ Rummenigge said. ‘He’s made Bayern a bit more professional.
‘He’s got high expectations, but he also respects the culture of this club. He has many ideas, sometimes unusual ones, but never crazy.’
Not great news for Man United fans, and hardly a ringing endorsement for their new manager. But as we’ve already said before, only time will tell.