At Manchester United’s end-of-season awards ceremony, Louis van Gaal was in a celebratory mood. Rosy-cheeked, full of vim, vigor and (probably) spirits, the Dutch manager waxed lyrical about his first season at the helm of the Red Devils. Van Gaal talked about the club’s rough start to the season, captivating the listeners with his emotional address, periodically shouting to the delight of the pro-United crowd.
“When you start a season with 10 matches and 13 points and you are a manager of that club, the most world famous club and you play at home and I am also a human being and I have the experience with other clubs, when you have that result you are not very beloved by your fans and I came in the stadium of Old Trafford, 10 matches, 13 points and I came in and I saw by myself how I have to behave myself and then the public are applauding, standing up and I thought how is it possible that the fans are supporting me?”
Full of histrionics, gesticulation and pure passion, van Gaal’s soliloquy was received in a positive fashion by supporters and opposition fans alike, with onlookers impressed by his passion and delivery. Proving he’s not just a football manager, he also scolded attendees for not properly applauding a saxophonist who performed earlier in the night. Read the full (amazing) transcript of his speech here.