I never enjoyed football under van Gaal – Rafael

Manchester United's Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal looks on during the UEFA Champions League play-off round second leg football match between Club Brugge and Manchester United at Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium on August 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

Manchester United’s Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal looks on during the UEFA Champions League match. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

Lyon defender Rafael da Silva says football is for the fans and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal plays it the wrong way.

The Brazilian, who joined United in 2008 featured in just 10 Premier League matches under the Dutchman before leaving Old Trafford at the summer.

“Consistency is everything in football. You get games, you feel better. You enjoy it more and your fitness is better. When you’ve not played for a long time, it’s very hard for the player,” the Daily Mail quotes the 25-year-old as saying.

“When Van Gaal arrived I could see I wasn’t in the plan. When you’re a player you can feel it, you can see it. The 10 games I played I thought I played very well apart from [a 5-3 defeat to] Leicester. It’s hard to know.

“To be honest I didn’t really enjoy to play when Van Gaal was there. Everyone is different. Results matter so if they can win the league it will be a different story. I like to enjoy myself, to try things and do stuff. Last year I wasn’t doing that. I watch them play and I’ve heard some things as well, but it’s hard. Football is for the fans. They want to see good football.”

Rafael was part of the Lyon side that beat Valencia 2-0 away from home in midweek but that wasn’t enough as they crashed out of the UEFA Champions League.