Louis van Gaal has accused Ed Woodward of undermining his authority by lining up Jose Mourinho
to replace him while he was still manager of Manchester United
Reflecting on his time at OId Trafford in an interview with the BBC
, Van Gaal slated Woodward's recruitment of Mourinho, saying it made him feel like he had 'a noose round my neck'.
Van Gaal said: 'I can imagine Woodward chooses Mourinho. He is a top coach. He has won a lot of titles. More than me.
'What I don't like is Woodward contacting my successor, knowing in his mind he will replace me and he keeps his mouth shut for six months. Every Friday I had to go into press conferences and be asked what I thought about the rumours. What does that do to the authority of the coach?'
Van Gaal bowed out as United manager by winning the FA Cup at Wembley, defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra time.
'To win the FA Cup when, for six months, the media has a noose round my neck, is my biggest achievement,' Van Gaal said.
'I spoke to Woodward the day after that game. His argument was that I was only going to be there for one more year and Mourinho would be there for three, four or five.
'I appreciate he hired a private plane to get me back to Portugal but his arguments were not good enough.'
Van Gaal was United manager for two years, leading them back into the Champions League with a fourth-place finish in the Premier League in his first season.
United came fifth in his second season, in which he also won the FA Cup.