It’s time to say goodbye to Louis Van Gaal. He believes he has put down the foundations that will lead to Manchester United enjoying even more success in the future. Maybe this can help in predicting the next season 2016/2017 Premier League champion
The Dutchman, who was handed a three-year contract when he succeeded David Moyes in the Old Trafford hot-seat in July 2014, said after he was sacked on Monday that he was very disappointed at not being able to see out the final 12 months of his contract.
Jose Mourinho is set to be announced as United’s new manager less than six months after he left Chelsea for a second time.
It is believed that van Gaal’s number two, Ryan Giggs, is considering whether to accept a new role under Mourinho.
Van Gaal was axed after United finished fifth in the Premier League table, missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League as a result, although he did lead the club to victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday in the FA Cup final.
Van Gaal said: “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. It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United and in doing so I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.
“I am immensely proud to have helped Manchester United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club’s history. 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.”
United scored just 49 Premier League goals this season and van Gaal was criticised for his dull tactics during his two-year tenure at Old Trafford.
Manchester United can be backed at 5/1 to win the 2016/17 Premier League title outright and are available at 5/1 to finish second next season.
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