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Louis van Gaal sacked by Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed that manager Louis van Gaal is to leave the club with immediate effect.

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.

– Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward

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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.

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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