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Manchester United have sacked Louis van Gaal

It's goodbye from LVG Credit: PA

Manchester United have sacked Louis van Gaal as manager, according to reports.

After a disappointing campaign in terms of style and substance at Old Trafford, the door is now open for Jose Mourinho's return to management.

Before the celebrations had even subsided at Wembley on Saturday, United's FA Cup win was being overshadowed by fresh reports that Van Gaal was to be replaced by the former Chelsea boss in the coming days.

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Van Gaal: It's over

Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal departed Manchester United's London team hotel on Sunday morning after the club's FA Cup triumph and was greeted by a number of supporters and journalists.

When asked by a Sky Sports reporter if he would stop to comment on his future, Van Gaal refused and said: "It's over."

Given the brevity of the comment, it was not clear whether that meant the Dutchman had been told his time at United was at an end.

Jose Mourinho, strongly tipped to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford, refused to comment about the job when asked about it at ringside ahead of David Haye's bout in London on Saturday night.

Louis Van Gaal arrives at Stockport station with his players

Louis Van Gaal arrived at Stockport railway station with his players amid growing speculation he is about to be replaced by Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager.

After travelling home from London, fresh from the club's FA Cup success, Van Gaal refused to speak to the media but goalkeeper Sergio Romero told ITV Granada Reports the club "will miss a big coach".

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Louis van Gaal coy on Manchester United future

Louis van Gaal played down speculation that he will leave his role of manager of Manchester United just hours after winning the FA Cup.

Asked whether he would still be at Old Trafford next season, the 64-year-old Dutchman said: "I have signed for three years, so you never know".

Rumours have mounted in recent weeks that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would replace the former Barcelona and Ajax coach in Manchester at the end of the season.

Speaking after his team's 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace at Wembley, van Gaal said he was "proud" to have won the club's latest major silverware since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

In a later press conference, van Gaal said he didn't want to discuss the prospect of leaving the club with the press who "sacked him already".


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Van Gaal targets 'beautiful' FA Cup win

Louis van Gaal Credit: PA Images

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hopes to end a season of strife with a "beautiful" FA Cup win over Crystal Palace, but will do whatever it takes to get the trophy back to Old Trafford.

Van Gaal's methods have not scored too highly in the style stakes this term, and results have only been good enough for a fifth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League.

The Dutchman continues to face daily speculation that this will be his last match in charge of the Red Devils, but knows collecting the club's first major honour since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013 can only strengthen his case.

"Of course the starting point is to perform well, to win beautiful, to score beautiful goals," said Van Gaal.

"But a 1-0 win, for me, is also enough because winning is the most important thing in a final. When you lose you have nothing.

"You always need two attacking sides, then you always get a fantastic match.

"I think they shall defend very small spaces and then counter because they have a lot of speed in attack. So it shall be very difficult, but you cannot always predict a final."

Reports on Friday suggested summer signing Memphis Depay will not feature and has not travelled to London with the squad.

Should the Holland international be omitted it would cap a disappointing first season in England, having started brightly but faded fast.

Van Gaal has given no public indication about who has been asked to sit out, but did admit he had tough calls to make.

The manager was happy with the way his side ended the league season, a 3-1 win against Bournemouth, but has Marouane Fellaini available after suspension and Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and all fit again.

"I have a lot of fit players now, and for me that is more difficult because I have to disappoint a lot of players," he said.

"You have to say to some 'you are not invited for the squad'. That's not nice. I have to select a team and also I have to disappoint because some others are thinking they should play."

He added on the club's official website: "I had to tell five players that they are not involved. Four players are more or less injured so that's not as difficult and they know already. But five are out of the squad.''

For England boss Roy Hodgson, the occasion represents another chance to see 18-year-old Marcus Rashford plying his trade at the highest level and monitor Wayne Rooney's form in a withdrawn midfield role.

Both men, along with Chris Smalling, will miss Sunday's England friendly against Turkey before linking up with the Euro 2016 preparation squad.

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