Man United have sacked their manager Louis van Gaal after disappointing Premier League campaign, with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho widely tipped to take the reins at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman may have won United’s first major silverware in three years with victory in the FA Cup final on Saturday but it was not enough to save the 64-year-old after a disappointing Premier League campaign.
The former Netherlands head coach told manutd.com that he was disappointed to be shown the door at Old Trafford and believes the team are set to go on to greater things in the next few seasons.
“It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club,” said the 64-year-old.
“I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.
“I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.”
He managed to secure a top four finish in his first season in charge but after spending over £200m on new players, expectations were not being reached under the former Netherlands boss.
The Red Devils failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League after finishing in fifth place and managed to score only 49 league goals, their lowest total since 1989-90.
In a statement on the club’s website, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward thanked van Gaal for his contribution over the past two years, including the winning a first FA Cup since 2004.
“Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future,” said Woodward.
“I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club.
“He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage.”
Man United are expected to tie up a deal to appoint former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as the club’s next gaffer in the next couple of days, just five months after being sacked by the Blues.
The 53-year-old will arrive at Old Trafford with three Premier League titles already under his belt as fans hope that one of football’s greatest managers can lead the club back to the top of English football.
YES! YES! YES! It has been a long time coming, but Man United have finally sacked the stubborn Louis van Gaal and as a United fan, I am glad to see the back of him.
It has been so frustrating to watch Man United this season, who have been described as boring on countless occasions and he was falling out with players and playing them out of position.
In fairness, he did give us Anthony Martial and brought through young players such as Marcus Rashford, but results and performances on the pitch were not good enough.
I have no doubt that Jose Mourinho will bring even more success to Man United. van Gaal has cleared up some of the mess left by David Moyes but the Special One still has a big job on this hands to get United back to where they belong.