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Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho worked together at Barcelona characterised Ferguson's relationship with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (at was only interested in the statistic created by Eden Hazard's goal, saying. Anthony Martial believes Louis van Gaal's perfectionism has developed him into Anthony Martial scored 11 goals in his first season at Old Trafford “I know that Mourinho has worked with great players and he helped them. The two enjoyed a close relationship during their younger years. Manchester United Jose Mourinho Louis van Gaal GETTY. Man Utd News.
Given Van Gaal's previous work with Mourinho at Barcelona, their interaction may well be of the cordial variety - although both men will not take a backward step when it comes to defending their corner.
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Mourinho and Van Gaal, understandably, had eyes only for their own teams at Stamford Bridge - but their respective verdicts were polar opposites. The statistics were stark. If possession really is nine-tenths of the law then United flouted it after having the ball for United made passes to Chelsea's but still lost - and yet there was still much for Van Gaal to admire. Mourinho, on the the other hand, was only interested in the statistic created by Eden Hazard's goal, saying: Mourinho detailed the giant figure of Kurt Zouma to nullify Marouane Fellaini's aerial strength, such a potent weapon in United's renaissance, while Juan Mata and Ashley Young were subdued and only lasted 70 minutes.
Media playback is not supported on this device Mourinho thrilled with game plan He said: Control their direct football to Marouane Fellaini and control the wingers from making crosses on the inside foot. Control set-pieces and don't give away direct free-kicks as they have three specialists. We were able to make their important players disappear.
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They were in our pockets. For all the control Mourinho claimed Chelsea exerted on Rooney, he should have scored with an early chance and also missed with a header.
The meticulous Van Gaal may note Mourinho's game plan on his trademark clipboard for future reference - and his view hardly mirrored his opposite number's.
Van Gaal, who was well aware of the match stats, said: I could see that back then.
He began to take training sessions himself and one day Van Gaal told him to take charge of the team in a Copa Catalunya game: I let him coach because I could see that he had talent. Perhaps that was inevitable.
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Van Gaal arrived at Barcelona because the club saw in him the latest incarnation of the Dutch school, a man who had won the European Cup with Ajax and was committed to a footballing philosophy they wanted to share. Mourinho already saw things differently and said so.
He talked about the need to entertain, to attack, to play in a particular way. I like him a lot and I know he likes me a lot too. He could see something special in Mourinho and he did not want him to sell himself short, as if he ever would.
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The first time Benfica expressed an interest, Van Gaal told him: If they want you as a manager, go. This is completely new to me. All of them, I suppose He has won the battle off the pitch.
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If he wants his own personal Champions League trophy away from the pitch, let him take it home and enjoy it. He knows all about this and I don't want to compete with him in here. I'd just like to remind him that I worked with him for four years [at Barcelona].
He knows me and I know him. I try to learn from Jose on the pitch, but I prefer to learn as little as possible from him off the pitch. And on the pitch a day later, the Blaugrana beat Madrid to leave the Portuguese complaining about referees and dreaming up conspiracy theories in his infamous "Por que? The following season, Mourinho's Madrid won La Liga still the only team to beat a Pep side to a league title and Guardiola stepped down to take a sabbatical at the end of the campaign.
He was tired of life at Barca by now and, although he would not say so, the constant clashes with the Portuguese had taken their toll. And this time, their rivalry will be intensified again as they coach in the same city as managers of Manchester's two rival clubs.