Manchester United released a statement announcing the departure of Louis van Gaal on Monday, two days after the Dutchman helped the club lift the FA Cup title for the 12th time in their history. Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with the Red Devils, with the Portuguese manager thought to be close to taking over from Van Gaal.
Van Gaal was heavily criticised for the brand of football he introduced during his two years at Manchester United. But there were a number of positives that popped up during his stay at the club as well.
Van Gaal ended Manchester United's 12-year wait for an FA Cup crown. He bought a talented forward in the form of Anthony Martial. He also opened doors for the Manchester United Academy players like – Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Guillermo Varela and others.
But, the positives were overshadowed by yet another dismal season. United failed to finish in the top four. Old Trafford will not be hosting any of the Champions League matches next season. Last year, United crashed out of the Champions League after the group stages.
Now, the management has reacted and has parted ways with the Dutchman. They are yet to announce the name of the new manager, but Jose Mourinho is likely to discuss his terms of agreement with United on Tuesday.
Van Gaal released a statement on Monday, expressing his gratitude and thanking the fans and players for their support during his stint at Manchester United.
Here's the Van Gaal statement:
"It 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.
I 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 success.
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.
I 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."