Louis van Gaal has been let go as manager of Manchester United and makes way for Jose Mourinho.
Before the Red Devils even had a chance to lift the FA Cup trophy, talks had already begun about van Gaal’s replacement.
Arriving with a hefty transfer budget at his disposal, many of van Gaal’s ‘super signings’ have been a disappointment.
Sticking to his possession based ideology, van Gaal ultimately ran United to the ground, going completely against what fans are used to.
Remember when they used to play like this?
It’s crazy to think that United only managed to score 49 goals this season, only one more than relegation survivors Sunderland.
Although it’s been a disappointing season at Old Trafford, van Gaal’s eagerness to play youth has resulted in the discovery of some hidden gems.
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are just two players that have sparkled when given their opportunity this season. A product of United’s youth development system, and another example of how English club’s and the country can benefit from playing youth from home soil.’
Like a true professional, Louis van Gaal gave a positive reflection of his time as manager of Manchester United in a club statement.
“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.”
The confirmation that Jose Mourinho will be the next United manager is reportedly only hours away, and there is no doubt that his celebrity like stature will fit in perfectly with the club.
His ego, confidence and drive to win is what United needs, but it could be a back step for United’s youth.
During Mourinho’s days at rivals Chelsea FC, the Portugese manager was reluctant to play youth regularly, but he did do was create a dominant force in the Premier League.
Talks of Jose’s arrival have already been linked with Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is looking for a new club.
It’s crazy to think that a former Chelsea manager that was once hated by United fans, could possibly be welcomed to the club with open arms.
Welcome to modern football.
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