Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Manchester United will be his final job in management before he retires.

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Manchester United v Everton - Premier LeagueThe 63-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Premier League giants in the summer, and speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Van Gaal revealed that he has promised his wife that they will retire to the Algarve when he leaves Manchester United.

Van Gaal said, “My wife wants to quit now already. Five years ago.”

“I’m not married to my job. Of course, I am 24 hours a manager, but I am also 24 hours a father of my children, grandfather of my grandchildren and I am always 24 hours lover of my wife. I am married to my profession, more than with her. I see my PA more than my wife.”

“I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit to go there, play golf, eat fantastic food. There are very good wines in Portugal. There is the beach, the very beautiful weather. I don’t want to travel. Everyone wants to touch my body in the airports; it is always peeping because I have an artificial hip. I am the only one who has been controlled every time when we fly. I don’t like it. It’s better to sit down in my – our – paradise.

“I am also old. This is my last job. For sure. I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it. Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don’t like it.”

Van Gaal started his managerial career in 1991 with Ajax, and has since gone on to manage Barcelona, AZ, Bayern Munich and the Dutch national team.

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