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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.
Southampton have confirmed the departure of £12million midfielder Gaston Ramirez.
The Uruguay international was a club-record signing for Saints in 2012 but started just 28 matches in four years at St Mary's.
Ramirez was frozen out by current boss Ronald Koeman and spent last term on loan with Hull before ending the current season at Middlesbrough.
Newly-promoted Boro are understood to be keen on signing the 25-year-old permanently after he scored seven goals in 15 Championship starts.
Veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is also out of contract but is in talks over a new role behind the scenes at the club.
The 39-year-old joined Saints when they were a League One club in 2006 and had a testimonial last week.
Young goalkeeper Will Britt, who suffered with injuries during the 2015/16 campaign having made six Under-21 appearances the previous season, has also left the club.
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Fraser Forster and James Ward-Prowse have signed new long-term deals with Southampton, the Premier League club have confirmed.
England international Forster has penned a deal that will keep him at St Mary's until 2021, while Ward-Prowse will stay for another six years.
I'm delighted. It's been another good year for the club and I think there's real ambition around the place and it's good to be a part of it, so to commit and sign a new deal is unbelievable and I'm just looking forward to getting stated again.
Every player wants to keep moving forward in their career and for me especially I'm very ambitious, and I think at this club there is that real ambition and desire to keep moving forward and improve year-in, year-out.
If you look at just last week with Virgil signing his new deal, that was obviously positive news and after last year and then this year it's obvious things are moving forward and hopefully we can keep doing that in the future.
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