Van Gaal flew to his villa on Portugal’s Algarve last night after spending eight hours at United’s Carrington training ground yesterday discussing his severance terms with Woodward and top employment lawyer Paul Gilroy. He s understood to have received £4.5m in lieu of the final year on his contract plus a £400,000 bonus for winning the FA Cup.
His three Dutch coaches, Albert Stuivenberg, Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek will also leave the club but the future of his No 2, Ryan Giggs is uncertain.
Van Gaal thanked United’s American owners, the Glazer family, the club’s board of directors, players and the fans.
He said: “I thank my players and wish them well for 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. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.