Louis van Gaal is plotting revenge on Manchester United and Jose Mourinho by advising Ajax on how to beat them in the Europa League final.
Man Utd booted out boss Van Gaal 12 months ago, with a year left on his contract and just days after they had won the FA Cup final. This made way for Mourinho, who wanted his job even before the axe fell.
Van Gaal and Ajax chief Peter Bosz were seen deep in discussion this week at an annual presentation day for Dutch league managers.
Bosz believes no one knows Mourinho’s tactical ideas better than Van Gaal, who was once his tutor.
Van Gaal will still be on the United payroll for the final in Stockholm on 24 June, with his financial settlement not ending until June 30.
Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan says losing the Europa League final against Ajax is not an option.
United go to Stockholm next week after their final Premier League game of the campaign against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday, following a guaranteed sixth-place finish in the top flight.
A win on Wednesday night would see them claim their third trophy of the season after the EFL Cup and Community Shield, and would also hand them a spot in the Champions League group stage for next season.
Reflecting on his own season, his first at United since moving from Borussia Dortmund last summer, the Armenian forward says though it started off as a struggle, he would class the campaign as “not bad”.
Mkhitaryan burst into form around winter following a slow start under Mourinho, but insists there is more to come next year, and he has enjoyed the challenge.
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