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Statements from Woodward and Van Gaal following Manchester United’s decision to sack their manager

Louis Van Gaal was sacked almost 100 times today by the media, however, fans patiently waited for the official word which had to come from the club itself.

According to BBC, Ed Woodward and Co. decided to take time in making the news official as Van Gaal needed time to pack his things and head over to Portugal with his family to figure out his next move.

Same sources also claim that Van Gaal has been a hefty £5million payout after being sacked earlier than the initially agreed 3-year contract. Ed Woodward released a statement moments earlier confirming Van Gaal’s exit from Old Trafford.

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.”

Van Gaal took the decision with grace and humility and was largely disappointed with not completing his tenure with the club. The Dutchman thanked fans for their incredible support throughout and he also believes that the foundation is there for the incoming manager to build on in coming seasons.

Van Gaal said: 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 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.

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.

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.

Quotes Credit: Manutd.com

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