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    Manchester United sack Louis van Gaal

    By Carl Halsall

    Manchester United have confirmed the sacking of Manager Louis van Gaal, just two days after winning the FA Cup.

    Van Gaal, has been in charge for two seasons at Old Trafford, but has a three-year contract with the club, so inevitably will be due compensation.

    The news does not come as a huge surprise, with speculation over the Dutchman's future rife for a number of months now, and the constant reports that Jose Mourinho is set to replace him.

    Manchester United won the FA Cup last Saturday at Wembley, which was the clubs first trophy since 2013, when they won the Premier League with Sir Alex Ferguson still in charge, however this was obviously not enough for Van Gaal to keep his job.

    Mourinho, 53, has been the favourite for the job ever since he was sacked by Chelsea, and strong reports suggest that he is to meet up with senior Manchester United officials this coming week.

    Up until now, Van Gaal has remained defiant over his position, and in his press conference after the FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace, he was reluctant to discuss the constant speculation over the season about his job, and was sarcastic about the media's relationship with him.

    He said; "I show you the cup, and I don't discuss it [my future] with my friends of the media, who already sacked me for six months. Which manager can do what I have done?"

    "I hope to see you. I don't want to talk about leaving this club."

    Van Gaal has endured a frosty relationship with the media during his time at Old Trafford, and has accused them of sacking him themselves, and has highlighted injuries to key players as the main reason why Manchester United haven't been able to challenge for the title this season.

    Many people would say it is still a risk to appoint Mourinho, after he was sacked by Chelsea in December, however he has never been afraid to express his admiration and respect he has for Manchester United, and ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and would arrive at Old Trafford with a very successful CV. 

    Another point worth mentioning is the fact that Van Gaal has given Manchester United youth players an extended run in the first team this season notably; Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to name a few, whereas Mourinho has not always been well known for giving youth players a run in the first team, which might be a slight concern for some of the youth players coming through at Old Trafford.

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