Louis van Gaal gave an interview to BBC Sport this week opening up on his spell at Manchester United.
Aside from him slagging off Angel di Maria, there was not a lot to smile about from the Dutchman.
He seemed bitter about his exit, fairly criticised the club’s structure, before lambasting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style of football.
Comparing Solskjaer’s style to Mourinho was totally unfair, as anyone who has watched a game at Old Trafford this season will attest to.
Solskjaer of course has not even had money to spend to really carve the team in his own image, so he can’t take Van Gaal’s comments too seriously.
This was Van Gaal criticising Solskjaer for not playing young players enough.
Van Gaal said: “I had an open selection for the youth academy. I did that at every club. That is why a lot of young players have made their debuts with me.
“A lot of trainers, like Mourinho, never give youngsters a chance. Yes, five minutes. Solskjaer, 10 minutes. That is not a chance. A chance is a game.”
Gauntlet raisedVan Gaal conveniently re-writes some of his United experiences. Yes he did give Marcus Rashford a chance, but this came due to a big injury crisis.
It wasn’t like he selected Rashford ahead of senior United players outright.
The Dutchman does have a bit of a point however. As we pointed out last week, despite giving Angel Gomes a chance in December, the teenager has not featured since.
Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood have all featured under Solskjaer. Only for a few minutes.
Van Gaal’s criticism should not go unnoticed by Solskjaer. It’s fair comment.
The difficulty is that United are at the business end of the season and fighting in the Champions League quarter finals and to qualify next season.
Van Gaal was able to mix his team up with more risk because under his management, United were already well off the pace in the top four race.
Solskjaer clearly wants to give his young players chances, and he won’t like the criticism.
It would still be refreshing for United to give starts to the young talents over the next two months, providing he assesses it to be for the best of the team, and not to answer Van Gaal’s jibes.