Former Manchester United defender Rafael has suggested that Louis van Gaal is the reason that his career has stagnated, the Daily Express report.
The 25-year-old left Old Trafford for Lyon earlier in the summer, and despite making over 100 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, he found himself behind midfielder Antonio Valencia in the pecking order for a starting spot at right-back under the Dutchman.
The Brazilian admitted that he felt that he was dropped unfairly, the Express report.
“Valencia started playing as a right-back for Van Gaal. He’s also a great player, but I was doing well in that position,” he said.
Rafael suggested that he was often left out because van Gaal had a personal problem with him, and alarmingly claimed that he had heard rumours that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has had problems with players from Brazil in the past.
“I know that he didn’t like me, but if that’s because I’m Brazilian, I don’t know,” he said.
“I know this history that he doesn’t like Brazilians, but I can’t say ‘Oh, he doesn’t like Brazilians’,” he added.
Although the reasons why van Gaal and Rafael never got along may never completely come to light, with the defender not entirely convinced himself, it is fair to say that it was sad that a three-time Premier League winner was seemingly pushed out of the door, despite the club not originally having another right-back in the squad.
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