Louis van Gaal enjoyed a wonderful managerial career – and he provided plenty of entertainment along the way, too.
The Dutch manager is one of football’s larger than life characters, but we were never quite sure whether his comedic act was intentional or not. Perhaps that’s part of the fun.
We’ve taken a look back at 13 of his funniest moments.
When asked by Sky Sports about an incident involving Marouane Fellaini which saw the midfielder have his hair pulled by Robert Huth, Van Gaal replied by pretending to pull the presenter’s own hair before coming out with this corker.
“It’s not in the books that somebody has to grab with the hair. Only in sex masochism… then it is allowed.”
Marouane Fellaini-Guendouzi gate brought back memories. When Robert Huth Fellaini’s hair, the gift Louis van Gaal delivered: “Only in sex masochism it is allowed.” #mufc #afc pic.twitter.com/hfL3ez4nKh
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) December 6, 2018
He still scares us quite a lot.
Van gaal stare down 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/gsRXOdgw7t
— Leon Pryce (@leonpryce6) December 26, 2015
That look on his face the second time when he doesn’t realise why people are laughing.
When van Gaal kept getting Chris Smalling's name wrong 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/8XPDS2kjcf
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 24, 2018
Just imagine what Arsene Wenger was thinking.
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 28, 2018
Credit where it’s due, he knows how to have a good time.
Spare a thought for Neil Custis.
— N (@KitManRamsey) April 6, 2018
Be careful, mate.
Whether it be journalists or Ryan Giggs, LVG loves a patronising slap.
— FootyRoom (@footyroom) January 24, 2016
— Hêlîn (@MUnitedGirl) March 22, 2015
Why don’t you tell us what you really think, Louis?
Paul Merson: “The quicker Liverpool go out of the Champions League, the more of an unbelievable chance they have to win the league.”
Louis Van Gaal to Dutch TV after viewing the clip of Merson: “This man is not normal. Liverpool shouldn’t take his bad advice into consideration.” pic.twitter.com/vrVhp2rgvN
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) January 5, 2019
At the end of his first season in charge of Manchester United, Van Gaal delivered a speech at the club’s Player of the Year awards which Gary Neville described as “best and funniest 20 minutes” he has ever had.
An absolute classic.
Featuring some big names.
Playing for Egypt helped end his last rut.
Which player was the “constant cheater”?
Even Barcelona can rue missed opportunities.
Fernando Hierro at Bolton was just wonderful.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t even in the top three.
Would you rather be Liverpool or Man City?
How does he keep doing this?
FC Cincinnati are our new favourite team.
We still feel sorry for Luke Shaw.