Sport: Media: Manchester leave van Gaal

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal are said to have split. Photo: Andy Rain

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It is very likely that “The Special One” José Mourinho will train the club of DFB captain Bastian Schweinsteiger in the new season. The Portuguese is expected to sign a contract with the Red Devils in the next few days.

United managing director Ed Woodward informed the Dutchman in a conversation on Monday morning at the training center in Carrington that the club was no longer planning with him. Assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg, goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and chief analyst Max Reckers also have to go.

Victory in the FA Cup on Saturday didn’t help either. After a two-year reign, the former Bondscach has to pack his bags, but according to the English media, he will receive a princely settlement of around 6.4 million euros. Van Gaal received around 517,000 euros as a bonus for winning the cup.

Above all, missing the Champions League qualification was van Gaal’s undoing. Fifth place in the Premier League was a major disappointment for the Red Devils. “Reaching the top four in the Premier League was the minimum, they failed miserably at that,” wrote the English newspaper The Telegraph. Captain Wayne Rooney’s team also failed in the premier class. Third in the table, Manchester United fell behind VfL Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven in the group stage.

In addition, since taking office in 2014, van Gaal has spent over 330 million euros on newcomers. The only result was the FA Cup and a fourth and fifth place in the league. “When I started as a coach, I said that we had to renew the squad. I have done this. Despite many injuries, we have been up there and have now won a title,” said the football teacher on Saturday.

49 goals in the past Premier League season were not necessarily an indication of attractive football. The fans were often bored. The club last had a lower goal tally 26 years ago.

With star coach Mourinho everything should be better. Despite his ejection from former champions Chelsea in December, he is a “guarantee for the top four” for the Telegraph. Adviser Jorge Mendes will travel to Manchester shortly to finalize the final details. According to media reports, Mourinho will sign a three-year contract in the middle of the week. According to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the new coach’s first order of business should be to sign superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Manchester derbies promise to be particularly explosive in the coming Premier League season. City rivals City signed Pep Guardiola, an intimate enemy of Mourinho. When Guardiola was still a coach at FC Barcelona and the Portuguese at Real Madrid, the two coaches often clashed violently.

Telegraph report

Report De Telegraaf


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