Manchester United have finally confirmed the departure of Louis van Gaal, with Jose Mourinho ready to replace him at Old Trafford.
After weeks of speculation, Old Trafford officials confirmed the inevitable on Monday evening in a statement, ending the Dutchman’s two-year spell in charge of the club.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was handed the task of informing Van Gaal of the owners decision, as well as releasing the statement that comes just two days after United’s FA Cup success.
Woodward said: “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries). He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.”
Soon after, Van Gaal released his own statement in which he said he was “very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan”, but thanked the United owners and board for the “honour to manage such a magnificent club”.
Former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss Mourinho now seems almost certain to fill the Old Trafford vacancy, even though he refused to comment to the journalists surrounding his home on Monday.
The 53-year-old is believed to have agreed to meet Manchester United officials on Tuesday and if talks go well, could be appointed as the new manager before the of the week.