- Dutchman Louis Van Gaal says Manchester United do not really care about results on the pitch
- The 66-year-old was sacked just after winning the FA Cup in 2016 after finishing 6th in the league
- Mourinho was appointed his successor with the coach winning the Europa League in his first season
Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says he was sacked by the Red Devils in 2016 because he was not a marketable manager.
Speaking to a televised audience in his native Netherlands, the former Barcelona and Ajax boss believes he was fired because the club is “all about money”.
He explained: “Manchester United had record [financial] figures in the two years that I was there.
“And don’t underestimate what that means for United. Nothing as important as the figures for United.
“Look, every big club needs a good organisation. The people in charge can run the club in football way or in a commercial way.
“At Manchester United the balance has tipped well over to the commercial side.
“Were they unhappy about the results or the performances of the team under my management? No."
He explained that he was replaced by Jose Mourinho because the Portuguese had commercial value.
He said: "But all of a sudden they could get Mourinho for the long term, a manager with a massive commercial value in the world.
“Woodward finally said this exactly so to me the day after the FA Cup Final.”
The Dutchman was sacked in May 2016 just days after winning the FA Cup with the Red Devils.
After replacing his former mentor last summer, Mourinho won the Europa League, League Cup and Community shield in his first season.
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