Tuesday 20 February 2018

Louis van Gaal tells reporter 'it's over' as he exits Man United team hotel

Mark Critchley

Louis van Gaal has told reporters ‘it’s over’ as he prepares to leave his position as manager of Manchester United.

It is expected that Van Gaal will be officially dismissed on Monday, two days after leading his side to victory in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, will take charge at Old Trafford on a three-year deal once Van Gaal’s departure is confirmed by the club.

When approached for comment by Sky Sports News as he left his team’s hotel in central London on Sunday morning, Van Gaal said: “No, no. It's over.”

The words, though ambiguous, represent the first indication from Van Gaal that his time at Old Trafford is nearing an end.

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Van Gaal was not willing to discuss his future after Saturday’s FA Cup victory, which was sealed by an extra-time winner from Jesse Lingard.

“I show you the cup,” Van Gaal said in his post-match press conference, when questioned on his future. “I don't discuss it with my friends in the media who have sacked me in the past six months.

“You had followed the board? I don't want to talk about leaving the club.

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“I'm very proud to be the first after Sir Alex Ferguson to win a trophy for Manchester United. I have made a photograph with him because that is history.

"It is fantastic to win this title for the club, for the fans, and also for me because I now have won the cup in four countries, and not many managers have done that.”

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Van Gaal will meet Joel, Bryan and Avram Glazer, the club’s owners, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in London on Monday to finalise his departure from United.

It is understood that the former Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach could yet be handed an ambassadorial role by the club.

The appointment of Mourinho, who has been out of management since being sacked by Chelsea last December, is expected to be confirmed at some point this week.

(© Independent News Service)

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