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Mourinho's agent meeting Man Utd executives in London

Mourinho is meeting Man Utd representatives in London today. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho is close to becoming Manchester United's next manager, with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward holding talks with his agent Jorge Mendes in London.

Two days after leading United to their first major trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Louis van Gaal's turbulent two-year Old Trafford reign was brought to an end.

The divisive Dutchman paid for United's prosaic style and underwhelming substance, with Saturday's FA Cup win unable to mask the poor Premier League performances that saw United miss out on Champions League qualification by goal difference.

Mourinho, his former assistant at Barcelona, looks a shoo-in for the job and it's understood Woodward and Mendes are meeting in London to discuss the deal.

Louis van Gaal's full statement after Man Utd dismissal

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/PA Images

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has issued a full statement following his sacking by the club.

It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.

I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club's history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.

I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.

I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.

Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.

I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.

Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporters. They are truly the best fans in the world.

I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club.

I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club’s staff - the sports science team, the medical team, the kit and laundry department, club administration, the press office, the manager's team, the Academy team, ground staff and the catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.

Finally, my special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as Manchester United manager.

– Louis van Gaal


Manchester United confirm Louis van Gaal's sacking

Louis van Gaal was at Manchester United for two years. Credit: Mike Egerton / PA Wire/PA Images

Manchester United has confirmed that manager Louis van Gaal has been sacked and said a decision on his replacement would "be announced soon".

In a statement van Gaal said he was "disappointed" at his dismissal.

I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success."

– Louis van Gaal

On the Premier League club's website, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, thanked van Gaal for "his excellent work over the last two years".

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

Louis van Gaal 'sacked' by Manchester United

Louis van Gaal is reported to have been sacked. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been reportedly been sacked by the club.

No official statement regarding his future has been released yet but it is rumoured that Jose Mourinho has been appointed to take over.

Removal men were spotted at Mourinho's London home. Credit: PA

Earlier boxes were seen being removed from Mourinho's London home prompting speculation he is moving to Old Trafford.

As he left Mourinho told waiting reporters "go home, go home" as they asked him about his potential new job.

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