Manchester United balls: ‘I knew Van Gaal would and wouldn’t be sacked,’ says Phil Neville
Manchester United have sacked Louis Van Gaal. The decision seems to have been taken months ago, although no-one thought to tell the Dutchman and Phil Neville, the former Man United defender now working as a pundit on the telly. Before the FA Cup final, which Manchester Untied won with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, Neville appeared on the BBC’s Football Focus show. Did he think Van Gaal wold be sacked? Said Phil:
“If Manchester United win today I think Louis van Gaal will stay as the United manager next season.”
Phil Neville then told BBC Sportsweek on May 22, after Van Gaal had won the FA Cup with Manchester United and been sacked:
“I thought before the game that winning or losing would make no difference…it looked like the decision was already made.”
Whoever said punditry was easy was right.