Former Man United right-back Rafael has insisted that Louis Van Gaal didn’t like him and that’s why he finds himself at Lyon now.
The Brazilian left for France last week for a fee reportedly around £2.5m, with the 25-year-old ending his stint at Old Trafford after being signed as a teenager by Sir Alex Ferguson.
While Rafael had positive words for the Scotsman, he was scathing in his assessment of how he was treated by Van Gaal and was disappointed to leave Manchester with another year still remaining on his contract.
Speaking to Globo Esporte, he was asked about the reports that the Dutch tactician doesn’t like Brazilians. Although Rafael was keen to avoid starting controversy, he admitted that he evidently didn’t sit well with his former coach.
“I know this history that he doesn’t like Brazilians, but I can’t say: ‘Oh, he doesn’t like Brazilians’,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I know that he didn’t like me, but if that’s because I’m Brazilian, I don’t know.”
Rafael pinpointed Ferguson’s departure as the time in which his role at the club changed, as he went from an ever-present in the starting line-up to a fringe player under David Moyes and Van Gaal.
Nevertheless, he insisted that he will always respect the decisions of a manager and will now focus on getting his career back in track in Ligue 1.