Hristo Stoichkov, a former Barcelona player during the 1990’s and a member of Johann Cruyff’s “Dream Team,” has spoken his mind about current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, and it’s not very nice.
Van Gaal became the manager of Barcelona in 1997 after a six-year spell at Ajax, and according to Stoichkov, the two didn’t exactly get along.
Stoichkov enjoyed his most successful time at Barcelona during a five-year spell between 1990-1995, during which the club won four consecutive league titles and a European Cup. After a brief spell at Parma, Stoichkov returned to the Nou Camp in 1996 and was a player there when Van Gaal was hired.
The Bulgarian left a year later, and blames his Dutch boss for the departure. “Yes, that’s certain, it was Van Gaal’s fault,” Stoichkov said. He told a story about van Gaal that portrays him as a particularly distasteful individual. “One day, when I was injured and I was with my wife at the Camp Nou, he [van Gaal] went up to her and asked how it was possible to have married someone like me.”
Just because one person has a bad taste in their mouth from a working relationship doesn’t mean either person is indeed an unpleasant individual, but it does shed light on the inner workings of a manager/player relationship. That story taken at face value is a bit unfortunate, but it’s not an end-all-be-all account.
The forward left Spain in 1998 and made stops in Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, and Japan before finishing the final three years of his career in Major League Soccer with Chicago and D.C.
Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian midfielder not playing for Brighton in the FA Cup against Liverpool amid a reported new $86 million bid from the Gunners. Anthony Gordon has signed for Newcastle from Everton for a fee believed to be around $60 million.
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Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.
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Stylistically the Premier League is a great fit for Weston McKennie and Leeds are probably one of the best teams he could move to.
He loves to fly into tackles and drive forward from midfield and playing just in front of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca or to the right of them would be a perfect spot for him at Leeds.
It would give Leeds more control of games and the Yorkshire club also play to his strengths. it’s a really good fit.
McKennie has struggled to have a big impact at Juve this season as injuries have taken their toll on him over the last few years. That would perhaps be the one concern about his move to the Premier League, as McKennie seems to pick up quite a few knocks.
However, looking at his stats below from this season at Juventus, the chances he creates per game and the shots per game will improve and his accurate passing will help Leeds become less susceptible on the counter.
McKennie is a player who rattles into tackles, feeds off the energy of his fans and his mentality is perfect for the aggressive side Jesse Marsch has created at Leeds.
The Texas born midfielder has always wanted to play in the Premier League and he’s got his wish at a club where he will play week in, week out and one which suits his style of play perfectly.