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Louis van Gaal statement

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Louis van Gaal issued the following statement at 20:30 BST this evening (Monday 23 May)...


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.


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


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.

Having managed in Holland, Spain

and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English

football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have

lived up to expectations and been fantastic.

I thank my players

and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with

them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players

take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look

forward to watching the continued development of these young players

next season.

Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporters. They are truly the best fans in the world.

I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club.


am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club’s staff - the

sports science team, the medical team, the kit and laundry department,

club administration, the press office, the manager''s team, the Academy

team, ground staff and the catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium

and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their

unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a

manager have I been so well supported in my role.

Finally, my

special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always

making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as

Manchester United manager."

He forgot to add.......

Thank you for all the millions in my pay-off  with the only condition being that I said all these nice things about you.

Bastards!  [:@]

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You have to wondier if anyone will make a success of managing Utd whilst Fergie watches over them.... It must be like having sex with a new girlfriend and her ex watching over your shoulder giving hints and tips the whole way through!!!

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From the BBC website

"Van Gaal''s functional style of football, based on training-ground repetition aimed at defensive organisation and retaining possession, was accepted when he successfully fulfilled his first aim at United"

"He was afforded time and sympathy because there had to be a period of transition"

"but it went down like a lead balloon with United''s fans when it became even more stodgy and dull in his second season."

Sound familiar? I imagine him and Hughton would have a lot to talk about. You can understand why he''s lost his job though, it''s one thing to play that way at a Norwich/WBA but it was never gonna go down well at a club like Man Utd.

As a side note Rashford must be some talent to be scoring in that team so much, I''d take him to the Euro''s.

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Very true, I think the Euro''s might be a bit soon for him though. It''s okay watching him bash the ball past a carthorse CB in the Prem, I just can''t imagine him making an impression against the likes of Pique. Vardy is different as he has the strength to put himself about a bit, I think at this stage Rashford would just be overwhelmed. But hey, I''d like to be proved wrong!

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