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Southampton boss unhappy with Man Utd over Van Gaal

Koeman makes his feeling known about the way Van Gaal was treated. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has criticised the way Man United handled the dismissal of Louis van Gaal.

Hours after the Red Devils lifted the FA Cup trophy at Wembley, it emerged they would be dismissing their manager following months of endless speculation about his future.

Despite rumours of secret talks between the club and Jose Mourinho's representatives, Van Gaal was reportedly kept in the dark about United's plans to replace him in the summer.

Mourinho has since been confirmed as Van Gaal's replacement in the Old Trafford hotseat and speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Koeman explained:

I have watched the process around Louis and Jose Mourinho from a distance. For months we were all reading that Mourinho was busy with Manchester United. If Louis was not told about getting the sack until after the FA Cup Final, then Manchester United as a club don’t deserve a medal for the way they treated him.

If you know a little bit about the business at the highest level in football, then you know that these kind of deals are not done over night. But Louis has been put under tremendous pressure for months. This is why I admire the way he kept his dignity.

Of course, he had a number of run-ins with the media and there were moments when I thought ‘Louis, you could have dealt with that in another way.’ But Louis is Louis. But looking at the incredible pressure all around him, I think he did a great job winning a big trophy like the FA Cup.

– Ronald Koeman speaking to the Sunday Mirror

Man United target Aubameyang to leave Dortmund

Man United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently in the process of leaving Dortmund, according to his international manager Jorge Costa.

Aubameyang is set to leave Dortmund this summer. Credit: PA

When asked about the decision to leave Aubameyang out of his squad for Friday's friendly defeat against Mauritania, the Gabon manager said:

"Aubameyang asked me not to be selected because he is in the process of changing clubs."

The 26 year-old forward enjoyed his most successful season to date at Dortmund, scoring 39 goals in 46 games.

As well as interesting United, he is also thought to be a summer transfer target for Man City and Liverpool, who are managed the man who signed him for Dortmund from Saint-Etienne in 2013, Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League is likely to hand United and City the upper hand in their pursuit of the striker, as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola resume rivalries in the Premier League.


Man Utd legend admits he finds Mourinho 'really irritating'

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Roy Keane believes Jose Mourinho seems like a good fit for Man United even though he isn’t the Portuguese manager’s biggest fan.

The Old Trafford legend was asked for his thoughts on United’s new head coach during ITV’s Champions League highlights show on Saturday night.

“He was always going to be a good option when United didn’t qualify for the Champions League,” Keane said.

“Fantastic CV and seems like a good fit. Maybe not for me. He’s not my kind of cuppa tea. I find him really irritating when I’ve coached against him, but that’s just a personal thing."

Wright-Phillips scores quickest hat-trick in MLS history

Wright-Phillips is congratulated by his head coach Jesse Marsch. Credit: Reuters

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a first-half hat-trick as the New York Red Bulls won 3-0 against Toronto FC in Saturday night's MLS action.

The former Southampton and Manchester City player completed his treble inside the opening 27 minutes, making it the quickest treble scored from the first whistle of a match in the league's history.

The English striker headed his first after four minutes, showed smart footwork to make space for a powerful low strike for a second in the 25th minute, and then cracked a first-time shot into the net for his third two minutes later.

The hosts in New Jersey were reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of Gonzalo Veron shortly before half-time but preserved their lead.

The Red Bulls sit just one point behind the Philadelphia Union, who head the Eastern Conference.


Lassana Diarra ordered to pay Lokomotiv Moscow £6.8m

Diarra must pay his former club £6.8m. Credit: PA

France international Lassana Diarra has been ordered to pay former club Lokomotiv Moscow £6.8m for breaching his contract.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) handed down the 10million euro punishment after hearing the case of the 31-year-old, who quit the Russian side in 2014 after just a year having suffered a salary cut.

Diarra has already served a 15-month ban and salary suspension for the offence and signed for Marseille last summer, allowing him to make Didier Deschamps' squad for Euro 2016.

The midfielder wrote on Twitter:

I take note today of notification from CAS of the punishment concerning me. It boils down to 15 months match suspension (already served), 15 months salary suspension (already served), 110,000 euros for the benefit of CAS, 10 million euro fine.

I will accept the situation as I have always done in the past. I thank those who supported me during this difficult time and as I said it's something I wouldn't wish on any other player.

– Lassana Diarra
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