Miroslav Klose claims the years he spent playing under new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal were the hardest of his career.
Klose, Germany’s all-time leading goalscorer with 71 goals, left Bayern Munich in 2011 after struggling to satisfy the Dutchman. The 36-year-old played 60 games while Van Gaal was in charge of Bayern, but scored only 12 goals.
“It was a tough time, particularly working with Van Gaal,” Klose told Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper.
“I didn’t feel free. It was very difficult for me to fulfil his expectations. He was asking me to make runs I just couldn’t see. I didn’t feel free. It was very difficult for me to fulfil his expectations. He was asking me to make runs I just couldn’t see.”
“I gave it all I could, but sometimes it just wasn’t enough.”
Had it not been for the backing of the fans and the faith shown in him by Germany coach Joachim Low, Klose says he may not have emerged from the two years he spent under Van Gaal the way he did.
Klose has since gone on to score 41 goals in 101 games for Lazio, and broken Gerd Muller’s goalscoring record for his country on his way to winning the World Cup last month.
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(via The Punch)