Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed how Louis Van Gaal slapped him for refusing to be subbed.
Van Persie played under the Dutch tactician at both Club( Manchester United) level and with the Netherlands at the national team.
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Netherlands faced Costa-Rica in a crucial quarter-final match, Van Persie revealed that he was slapped by the Van Gaal for refusing to be substituted according to the Sun.
The game between the two teams had ended goalless and the former Arsenal man picked up a cramp, but he insisted on staying on the pitch so as to take penalty shootout.
“The game went into extra-time, and I got cramp. Louis shouted ‘I am taking you off,’ the former Arsenal striker said in a new book detailing Van Gaal’s career, LVG – The Manager and the Total Person. Said van Persie.
“I turned around and shouted ‘no, no, we have penalties soon’ but the last 20 minutes were physically really hard for me.
“He [Van Gaal] could see that, and steam was coming out of his ears.
After the full-time Van Gaal came close to him and slapped him and warned him not to do such again.
When the match was finished, and we gathered near the touchline, he got close to me and suddenly hit me.
“With a big flat hand, he dealt me a blow and said angrily ‘don’t ever do that to me again. I looked at him absolutely stunned. Louis said, ‘just get on with it and make sure you get it in the net from the spot. he added
“I am glad I managed to put the penalty in the corner. When I look back on that incident, it was a weird moment, but that was Louis for you. Sometimes he can hug a player and Sometimes I he can hit you.”