Sunday 16 June 2019

Louis van Gaal has been sacked as Manchester United manager

Mark Critchley

Louis van Gaal has been dismissed from his position as manager of Manchester United.

Albert Stuivenberg, Frans Hoek and Max Reckers, members of Van Gaal's backroom team, have also been dismissed.

Van Gaal, who led his side to victory in the FA Cup final just two days ago, has lost his job after an otherwise disappointing campaign, which was characterised by a lacklustre, conservative playing style.

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United were eliminated from the Champions League group stages in December and then failed to qualify for next season’s edition of the tournament, finishing fifth in the Premier League.

However, Van Gaal, who replaced David Moyes in 2014, was always unlikely to see out the final year of his three-year contract at Old Trafford, even if a top-four finish had been salvaged.

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Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, is expected to replace Van Gaal on a three-year contract.

The Portuguese tactician has reportedly offered Ryan Giggs a position on his coaching staff, but the Man United legend is apparently set for the exit after 29 years at the club. A report in Dutch paper De Telegraaf says that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is rumoured to be on his way to Old Trafford on a free transfer, could become an assistant coach at Old Trafford once his playing days end.

Hopes will be high that Mourinho can restore United to the lofty heights they occupied for the majority of Alex Ferguson's tenure in the Old Trafford dugout, and the ex-Chelsea manager's pedigree in England will encourage supporters that he can achieve just that.

Mourinho won three Premier League titles with the Blues, although he was sacked before Christmas just months after leading the club to league glory after an alarming dip in form that saw Chelsea down near the relegation zone.

This will be Mourinho's eighth club job, after stints with Benfica (2000), Uniao de Leiria (2001-2002), Porto (2002-2004), Chelsea (2004-2007, 2013-2015), Inter Milan (2008-2010) and Real Madrid (2010-2013).

Despite winning league crowns in four countries and two Champions League titles, Mourinho has never coached a club for four or more full seasons.

More to follow

(© Independent News Service)

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