Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Van Gaal's statement after Manchester United sacking

The Dutchman has praised the club for the support they have given him since his arrival in 2014 and believes he has laid the foundations for the team to be a success

Louis van Gaal claims he has never been so well supported as a manager after being sacked by Manchester United.

United confirmed the Dutchman's exit on Monday evening, two days after he guided the club to success in the FA Cup final.

But failure to secure Champions League football, twinned with an uninspiring brand of football, has led to Van Gaal's departure.

In a statement released alongside confirmation of his sacking, Van Gaal praised the club and claims the foundations are in place for the team to be a success.


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.

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.