Confirmation of the Dutchman’s departure was announced on Monday evening after 48 hours of intense speculation.
Goal understands that Van Gaal was stunned by the news of his sacking, and the 64-year-old was under the impression that he would be allowed to see out the final year of his contract.
Shortly before news of Van Gaal’s dismissal was confirmed, Daley Blind had claimed that he and the United squad were in the dark over the manager’s future, but following his sacking, the defender’s father admits the club handled the situation poorly.
“I’m closer to the situation than many other people and I can tell you that his departure came as a surprise. I feel for him. He doesn’t deserve this,” said Blind.
“I’ve worked with him for so many years. I played under him for years at Ajax, I was his captain, I was his assistant at the last World Cup. He’s a great coach.
“We all know that, as a manager, you will face the sack at some stage in your career. It happens to every manager.
“In this case I find it very disappointing. I know in which way this sacking was done and it’s not the way it should go.”