Tuesday 23 January 2018

Louis van Gaal faces stormy FA Cup final press conference after Jose Mourinho news breaks

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Louis van Gaal insisted he is still making plans for next season, despite the news that he is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Van Gaal did not have time to celebrate his side’s dramatic victory at Wembley before reports started to flood in suggesting Mourinho will succeed him at Old Trafford.

The timing of the leaks ruined Van Gaal’s finest moment after two miserable seasons at United, with the defiant Dutchman insisting he will “not talk about his future” as he met the media at Wembley.

“Now is not the time for this discussion,” said Van Gaal.

“I am here with the FA Cup and you ask me about my future yet again. You have sacked me so many times, but I am still here.

“Now I have become the first Manchester United manager to win a trophy since Alex Ferguson and that makes me very proud.

“I have had a photograph with Alex to mark this moment and I am very happy, but I don’t see you saying congratulations on your FA Cup win.

“Instead, you ask me whether I stay and I will not discuss that with you.”

Van Gaal went on to suggest he is already making plans for next season, as he was clearly unaware of the story breaking suggesting he would be replaced by his old friend Mourinho.

“What happens next season depends on the players we purchase this summer,” he stated. “I believe in refreshment of my squad and we need to do that now.

“I said we needed quick wingers last summer, but they did not come. Sometimes it is not easy to make a transfer and you don’t understand that.

“You think because we are Manchester United, we can sign whoever we want. That is not the case.

“Also, we have a culture at this club to play with young players and this is what we have today. Jesse Lingard scoring the winning goal in the Cup Final.

“Now we wait to see what happens in the summer, but we should enjoy this moment first. I said I would win at title at United, and now we have done it.”

Van Gaal was angry and irate at times in his press conference, which looks certain to be his last as United manager.

He ended by lifting the FA Cup and chastising reporters for their failure to offer him congratulations for a triumph that seemed unlikely during his tortuous two year spell as the club’s manager.

Van Gaal has every right to be furious with the timing of the news that he will be sacked imminently, with Mourinho’s camp or Man Utd refusing to comment on the reports of an imminent change at Old Trafford.

Mourinho is expected to be installed at Old Trafford in the next few days, with Van Gaal’s time at United ending on a high after his side’s 2-1 FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace.

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