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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 United boss Mourinho shares 'back at work' photo

Man United's new manager shared the photo on his Instagram account. Credit: @josemourinho

Jose Mourinho has started masterminding his plans for Man United next season after sharing a photo on Instagram of his managerial workings.

The Portuguese coach, who replaced Louis van Gaal as United manager this week, posted an image of a folder with the caption 'back at work'.

Mourinho will not conduct his first press conference as United manager until July 7th, but he's already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of transfer targets as he attempts to make United Premier League title contenders for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013.

The former Chelsea boss must have been encouraged by England's display over Australia on Friday night, when United's attacking duo Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford were on target in a 2-1 win.

Manchester United fan secures 'first' signed Mourinho shirt

Manchester United fan Steven Ribeiro celebrated the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager by grabbing himself a piece of memorabilia.

Steven Ribeiro dashed to get his shirt signed upon hearing the news of his famous neighbour's appointment.

He secured the first signed shirt from Mourinho as he left his London home on the morning of the announcement.

Portuguese Ribeiro, who lives in the same area as his famous countryman, said he was prepping for a job interview when he heard the news and rushed to get his special memento.


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