Manchester United have confirmed that Louis van Gaal has been sacked by the club. 

  • By Michael Bell
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van gaal man defJust minutes after Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace, news broke all over the media that Manchester United would sack Louis van Gaal, but official confirmation had not been made. Finally on Monday evening Manchester United released a statement to confirm the Dutchman had been let go.

A statement from United’s Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: “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 (and securing him a title in four different countries). 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. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”

Van Gaal was named Manchester United boss in 2014 and guided them to fourth place in his first season. However, the club finished fifth this year and failed to qualify for the Champions League. An FA Cup success was not enough to prevent the former Ajax and Netherlands boss from being sacked with Jose Mourinho expected to take over.

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