Louis Van Gaal is destroying Manchester United – says former Barcelona star

Hristo Stoichkov has slammed former Barcelona manager Louis Van Gaal in an attempt to persuade Pedro to stay at the Catalan club.

Bulgarian icon Stoichkov, who won 5 La Liga titles and 1 European Championship Cup, claimed that the 64-year-old Dutchman is destroying Manchester United in the same way he almost ruined the Catalan club. Stoichkov also warned Barcelona winger Pedro not to move to Old Trafford.

The Spaniard is rumoured to be keen on leaving Camp Nou but Stoichkov has warned the winger not to make that switch.

“[Van Gaal] makes the players suffer, as he was such a mediocre player himself,” the former Bulgaria international said. “He is destroying all the players, as he is so mediocre — look at the players who have left because of him. First he destroyed Barcelona in that era, then it takes many years to rebuild.”

“Now [Van Gaal] is spending €200m, and the other day I saw their first game in the English league — disastrous,” he said. “They won 1-0 with an own goal and he is happy.”

“I would never let Pedro leave, never, because if he goes there he will stop being a player,” he said. “I hope Pedro listens and says: ‘I’m staying at Barcelona.”