Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is widely known for being the master of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has gone on to receive several accolades in world football. He has already lifted more than 20 major titles with four different clubs across Europe. Van Gaal, on the hand, is on his last legs when it comes to his club management career. The 62-year-old recently replaced David Moyes is the new boss at Manchester United. He will be coming up against his apprentice for the first time this season. Van Gaal and Mourinho have faced each other a few years ago in the Champions League final.
Mourinho’s Inter Milan took on Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich team at the Santiago Bernebeu in the 2010 final. Despite dominating for most of the match, Bayern Munich were defeated by the Italian club. Many see the upcoming match against Chelsea as an opportunity for van Gaal to take revenge for this defeat. It has also been mentioned that Mourinho will be once again showing huge admiration for Van Gaal, as he played a major role his career. The Dutchman has rejected such praises by saying that Mourinho became a self-made man with his own set of tactics.
“He talks about Louis van Gaal and also Bobby Robson, and I appreciate that, but you always do it by yourself. I was also an apprentice when I was the assistant coach of Leo Beenhakker (at Ajax) and it’s good that my eyes were also open at that time. And it’s good that Jose Mourinho’s eyes were very open when he was my assistant, but you do it by yourself. He’s such a wonderful coach. And to see that he’s been a champion in different countries is fantastic,” said the United manager, who has been seeing his team improve in recent weeks.
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Barnsley brought in Keith Treacy during the summer transfer window on a free transfer. The midfielder had a troublesome time at Burnley after spending much of last three years on the sidelines. He has admitted that it was a difficult part of his career, but since the move to Barnsley things have been looking up. The 25-year-old has already made six appearances in all competitions, and he has put down this good start to the season to the intense pre-season preparations that he underwent to improve his fitness.
The Republic of Ireland international signed a two-year contract with Barnsley but he will be hoping for a new long-term deal should he prove his fitness over the campaign. At just 25 years of age, he still has a lot of time left in football. A portion of his career has been cut short due to injuries. He suffered the worst brunt of injuries during the 2012-13 season when he made just 17 appearances in all competitions. Last season, though, was far better with the midfielder appearing in 31 matches for Burnley. After their promotion to the Premier League, Burnley were not keen on renewing the contract of Keith Treacy.
He says that Barnsley have provided him with a fresh start and he intends to repay the faith shown by manager Dyche. “We’re working on my fitness and I’ll be doing more than some of the other lads. It’s like a pyramid for me, I’m just trying to build up my fitness because I’ve missed two or three weeks of building up to the games. The worse thing I could do is play not ready, pull a hamstring and be out for a couple of months. I still have a lot of friends at Burnley and I have to say that Sean Dyche is one of the best managers I’ve played under,” said Treacy.
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