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Van Gaal announces plan to spend sabbatical antagonising Mourinho

Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal is leaving football management to concentrate on annoying Jose Mourinho.

The former Manchester United boss has clarified reports that he was planning to retire for good, explaining that he is merely entering a new phase in his career, focused on irritating and undermining his successor at Old Trafford.

“Getting on Jose’s wick is a full-time job, and as with all jobs, I am the best man to do it,” the former Ajax and Bayern Munich manager told FourFourTwo.

“In the morning, I will criticise his tactics. In the afternoon, I will ridicule his transfers. In the evening, I will compare his hair unfavourably to Jurgen Klopp’s hair, and then I will phone him up at 2am to remind him that Pep Guardiola is handsomer than he is.

“And I will phone again at 5am to remind him that I, Louis van Gaal, am handsomer than Pep Guardiola.”

All that glitters

Van Gaal added that while winning six league titles and a Champions League was good, winding up his nemesis Mourinho was even better.

He said: “Jose asked me to stop sending him boxes of exploding glitter, but I am Van Gaal and I do what I want with my life. And I want to spend it knocking on his door and running away.”

Meanwhile, Mourinho has refused to comment on reports that he is poised to retire to spend more time bullying Rafa Benitez.

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