Van Gaal is difficult, says Man City’s Soriano

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has described potential Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as ‘difficult’ and suggested he doesn’t treat people in the right way, ESPN has reported.

Van Gaal is expected to be named as the full-time replacement for David Moyes, who was sacked late last month. Ryan Giggs is interim control but with van Gaal due to step down from his post as Netherlands Coach after the World Cup, Old Trafford is said to be his next stop.

The 62-year-old has previously led Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, among others, and Soriano came across van Gaal in his time at Camp Nou. The Dutchman made a lasting and not altogether positive impression on the City man. “If you treat your people badly, they remember,” Soriano said.

“One day you make an error and they kill you. I’ve seen this in many clubs. Louis van Gaal has been a very good coach in many clubs but his style is very difficult. The same thing happened to him in Barcelona as in Bayern Munich.

“He is very tough, people don’t like him, but he wins. And one day you don’t win – and when you don’t win, everybody that is angry with you will come back to you and try to kill you. In the movies this works, in real life it doesn’t.”

Soriano’s comments are from it before it became clear van Gaal was a leading contender for the United job and came as part of a presentation on how to filter out candidates when appointing a new manager.

City last summer appointed Manuel Pellegrini to replace Roberto Mancini, with Soriano said to have been the one overseeing the process of hiring the former Malaga and Real Madrid boss.

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