Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has continued his peculiar one-sided media feud with the club by claiming only one motive would inspire him to come out of retirement – revenge on United.

Van Gaal was unceremoniously sacked hours after winning the FA Cup in 2016 and while the manner in which it all happened was regrettable, United fans have been less sympathetic with the Dutchman’s recent comments.

Last week he launched an astonishing swipe at Jose Mourinho, claiming his own style of football was much more offensive and attractive to watch. Of course, what constitutes entertaining football is an individual thing though surely only Mourinho’s harshest critic would try and suggest that there hasn’t been a definite improvement in the style of football. United have almost as many goals in the league already this season as Van Gaal’s team managed in the entirety of his last campaign in charge.

That hasn’t stopped the former Holland coach from coming out with his latest remarks.

Van Gaal said: “I will probably not manage a club anymore. I would make one exception – if a big English club comes for me, then I would do it. Because then I can get the chance to get one over on Manchester United.”

The Dutchman insists his problem lies not with Mourinho, but United’s chief executive. “Woodward should have come to me and we could have worked on that,” he said. “I have nothing against Jose.” His remarks last week, however, suggest otherwise.