MIGUELEZ Stoichkov, pictured smiling at Diego Maradona, had two spells with Barca.
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'Van Gaal is scum', says former Ballon d'Or winner Stoichkov
The Bulgarian legend blames Manchester United’s current boss for his exit from Barcelona.

MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER Louis van Gaal has been branded “scum” by Hristo Stoichkov for comments he made while in charge of Barcelona.

Stoichkov was considered one of the best strikers in world football in the mid-1990s and spent two stints at Barcelona – for five years from 1990 and, after one season with Parma, another two at Camp Nou until 1998.

His final campaign with the Catalans coincided with Van Gaal’s tenure, but the Bulgarian has no respect for the current Old Trafford boss due to derogatory comments he made about Stoickhov to the player’s wife.

“I have no respect for him – he’s scum,” he told Sport. ”One day, when I was injured, I was with my wife at Camp Nou and Van Gaal went up to her.

He asked her how it was possible that she married someone like me. She responded that I was a Ballon d’Or winner. My departure in 1998 was the fault of Van Gaal, for sure.”

Britain Soccer Premier League AP / Press Association Images Louis van Gaal. AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Stoichkov’s opinion of the United boss is in sharp contrast to his opinion of Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, whom he was very impressed with when he worked for Barca as an assistant almost two decades ago.

“I don’t think that Mourinho was merely an interpretor,” he added. “He was already a coach in his own right.

“But he never thought he was worth more than then-coach Sir Bobby Robson. Mourinho understood everything – from our own team to our opponents.”

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