Man United chief comments on Louis van Gaal sacking ahead of Jose Mourinho arrival

Manchester United confirm the sacking of Louis van Gaal via a statement on the club's website

Manchester United have confirmed the sacking of Louis van Gaal in a statement and revealed that a new manager is to be appointed in the coming days.

The Red Devils revealed the news via a short release on the club’s official website after hours of speculation about the Dutchman’s future.

Jose Mourinho is expected to be appointed as the Red Devils’ new manager imminently.

United’s executive vice chairman Ed 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.”

The short statement posted on the club’s website read: “Louis van Gaal is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect.

“A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon.”

Van Gaal’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent months following United’s stuttering form in all competitions.

The former Bayern Munich boss watched his side miss out on qualification for the Champions League as they were forced to settle for a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League table.

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The Dutchman did, however, end on a high, after guiding United to FA Cup glory on Saturday and handing them their first trophy since 2013.

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