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Lyon fullback Rafael on Man Utd departure: I was warned LVG doesn't like Brazilians

Lyon fullback Rafael da Silva has lifted the lid on his departure from Manchester United.

The Brazilian right-back had spent six seasons at Old Trafford and won three Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But when Louis van Gaal was appointed in 2014, the Dutchman apparently wasted no time in telling Rafael that he wasn't required.

Rafael told ESPN: "When it was announced that Van Gaal was taking over, four or five people, including players, called me to say that he doesn't like Brazilian players.

"They pointed out what had happened with Rivaldo at Barcelona, but I didn't believe it.

"In his first season, Van Gaal called me into his office and said: 'You can leave.' The meeting lasted one minute. That was it: 'You can leave'."

He added: "Van Gaal texted me to say: 'You know how football is.' I couldn't believe it. He didn't speak to me and then texted me to wish me well. I said: 'Thank you.' I was being polite. But I was angry."

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