Man Utd are hoping swap deal can solve an 11-year problem for Erik ten Hag straight away

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“Actually, it was the second thing because on the first day, he did not speak to me.

“On the second day, he said, ‘You can leave.’ I had not even trained and he said that. I could not believe it… He did not explain why.

“He said, ‘You will not play this season, I am not going to use you, if you want to leave, you leave.’

“I said, ‘OK.’ I still tried to battle for my place. I stayed one year with him. It was so, so hard. He is one of the worst people I have worked with.”

Van Gaal, after selling Rafael to Lyon in the summer transfer window of 2015, then decided to bring in Matteo Darmian.

Yet while the Italy international has fared well at Parma and Inter Milan since leaving Old Trafford, he never made the grade. Recently, his name was included in Gary Neville’s list of dud signings the club have made over the past nine years.

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