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Ex-Man Utd fullback Rafael: Van Gaal hated hat-tricks; he hated instinct

Former Manchester United fullback Rafael da Silva admits he and Louis van Gaal didn't fit.

Rafael is with Istanbul Basaksehir after spending five years at Lyon following Van Gaal's ruthless decision to sell him after succeeding Moyes in the summer of 2014.

He recalled to the Mirror: “The second day he (Van Gaal) was at the club he called me and Ryan Giggs into his office.

“Van Gaal was straight to the point. 'I don't think I'm going to use you a lot this season, so you can go.'

“Gone in the space of five seconds."

Giggs urged the full-back to prove the Dutchman wrong, but Rafael found Van Gaal's methods once again at odds with Ferguson's philosophy.

He says: “You don't achieve the things Van Gaal did in the game by being a bad coach. It was a matter of compatibility.

“At Manchester United, you are expected to play expansive and expressive football.

“When Van Gaal came in, it felt as if he was teaching us how to play.

“He hated tricks. He hated instinct. I think he thought that as time passed people would just become robots and accept his instructions without discussion.

“Life started to feel as if we were in an army camp and Van Gaal was the captain."

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