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Louis van Gaal's football was the worst I've seen: Neville and Schmeichel slam former boss as Solskjaer lands Manchester United job



Louis van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal.

Two Manchester United legends have slammed former manager Louis van Gaal after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the club's permanent boss.

Solskjaer was handed a three year deal on Thursday morning, after guiding the club to 14 wins from 19 games since taking interim charge in December.

van Gaal led United from 2014 to 2016, winning 54 of his 103 games in charge, but caused controversy earlier this week when he hit out at much-loved Solskjaer's 'park the bus' football.

Gary Neville and Peter Schmeichel, however, did not agree.

"Louis van Gaal's football at Manchester United was the worst I've ever seen," blasted Neville on Sky Sports. "Jose Mourinho's was better than Louis van Gaal's even though it wasn't acceptable in terms of what the fans wanted to see.

"At least Ole has brought back some happiness because it has been difficult the past three and a half, four years."

Schmeichel joined the chorus of fans, players and pundits welcoming United's decision to hand Solskjaer the job.

"I've seen a former manager criticising him for playing like Mourinho. I have no idea where he's got that from," he told Sky Sports. "Ole has been very positive and has done exactly what the fans want the team to do. It's a good day."

In direct contrast to van Gaal's opinion, Schmeichel backed Solskjaer's 'exciting' brand of football.

"You need that kind of excitement," he said. "We have to deliver that and give the fans something that they can be excited about. Unfortunately for a few years it hasn't been like that. That's the most important thing that that stays there.

"From a fan's perspective it is a great appointment. It offers so many things in the short term that we haven't seen for a long time. The excitement of watching Manchester United is back. I have to credit the club for the timing and the bravery for doing it. It's a great opportunity to bring a lot of Manchester United back.

"Today is just about celebrating that Ole has got the job. He's done absolutely fantastically."

Belfast Telegraph