Manchester United has officially released manager Louis van Gaal several days after their FA Cup win. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will take over van Gaal’s position.
In a difficult season for the Manchester United, their win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Finals was not enough to seal in van Gaal’s role in the team.
Manchester United says that the new manager will be announced soon. The executive vice chairman said in a statement that he wants to thank van Gaal and the staff’s excellent work that ended in their winning the most recent FA Cup. The vice chairman also added that van Gaal behaved professionally and left “with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage”.
In an official statement, van Gaal said that it had “been an honour to manage such a magnificent club”.
He added, “I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club’s history.”
He also expressed his disappointment at not being able to finish the original three-year plan, and he thanks and wishes the players well for the next season.
Their success in the FA Cup finals could not hide their poor performance during the season, ABC News reported.
Sixty four-year-old Louis van Gaal took over Scot Alex Ferguson, who was also released for not being able to live up to his forerunner’s standards. Under the management of the Dutchman, the club was raised from seventh to fourth place in his first season. However, the team stagnated even with excessive spending in the transfer market.
His biggest failure is the team’s inability to generate free-flowing football. The team’s performance last season was poorer than all their rivals, and the club made more backward passes in the entire league.
According to Fox Sports, Louis van Gaal requested that the announcement of his release be delayed.