Juan Mata on surprising Louis van Gaal quality that led to Manchester United's last FA Cup triumph

The Manchester United squad celebrate with the FA Cup trophy after The Emirates FA Cup final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)
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Juan Mata has expressed his surprise that ‘imposing’ Louis van Gaal turned out to have a ‘sensitive’ side while in charge of Manchester United.

Van Gaal took over at Old Trafford in summer 2014 after David Moyes failed to make it through a full season in charge following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from the club.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, WeAreTerriers.com. Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.

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