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Published: 15:24 | 17/12/15

Rafael slams Van Gaal


Former Manchester United full-back Rafael says he stopped enjoying his football under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old, who joined Ligue Un side Lyon in August in a £2.5million deal after failing to force his way into the Dutchman’s plans, says he lost his passion for the game in his final year in Manchester.

Rafael played 11 times for the club last season under van Gaal, but says he felt the former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax boss never rated his ability.

"When van Gaal arrived I could see I wasn’t in the plan. When you’re a player you can feel it, you can see that," Rafael said.

‘The 10 [sic] games I played I thought I played very well apart from Leicester [a 5-3 away defeat]. It’s hard to know."

Rafael says he understands the discontent of United fans, brought up on the free-flowing football of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, at the sterile fare on offer at Old Trafford.

United were held to a sixth goalless draw of the season by West Ham last Saturday. their fourth in the Premier League this term following shut-outs at home to Newcastle and Manchester City, and an away stalemate at Crystal Palace.

In contrast, United were not involved in a goalless draw in any of Ferguson's final 116 games in charge.

"To be honest I didn’t really enjoy to play when van Gaal was there,’ he added.

"I like to enjoy myself, to try things and do stuff. Last year I wasn’t doing that.

‘I watch them play and I’ve heard some things as well... But it’s hard. Football is for the fans. They want to see good football.’

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