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Manchester United sack Louis van Gaal

Manchester United have sacked manager Louis van Gaal this morning, according to the BBC.

An official statement to that effect was due at 1pm, when the New York Stock Exchange opens.

News that Van Gaal would be leaving after two years in charge at Old Trafford broke after Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace. But the 64-year-old was unaware that a decision had been made on his future until he reported for work at the club’s Carrington training ground this morning.

He is currently in talks over a severance package for the final season of the three-year deal he signed when he joined United in the summer of 2014. The veteran Dutch coach led United back into the Champions League with a fourth place finish in his first season in charge, but they finished fifth this term.

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His FA Cup success means he at least delivered United’s first silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down in 2013.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to replace Van Gaal, though confirmation of the Portuguese coach’s appointment is not expected until tomorrow.

Mourinho, aged 53, is said to have a meeting with senior United officials arranged for Tuesday.

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