Manchester United confirm Louis van Gaal sacking

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Manchester United have sacked Louis van Gaal as manager and are expected to replace him with Jose Mourinho.

Louis van Gaal has been sacked as Manchester United manager after two years in charge, the club announced on Monday.

The former Netherlands boss arrived at the club’s training ground in Carrington shortly before 0900GMT and was informed that his contract would be terminated a year early, with the club later confirming the news in a statement.

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.”

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Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins is confident Jose Mourinho is the “right person” to succeed Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Wilkins, who also played for Chelsea and worked as assistant boss under Gianluca Vialli, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge, says Mourinho is the ideal replacement should United firm up their reported interest in the Portuguese.

He told Sky Sports News: “He’s the right person to carry them forward.

“If they were to go for Jose it would be a good choice.

 “He will bring winning days back to Manchester United, that’s a certainty.”

Mourinho’s reluctance to blood young players – something United are renown for – in his previous jobs has caused concern among some United fans but Wilkins is optimistic he will look beyond the transfer market for new talent.

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“Hopefully he will bring through some young players,” he added.

“They blooded seven or eight young players last year and every one of them showed that they can play at the level required of Manchester United.

“A home grown player will also be given a chance by the supporters and Jose would have noticed that.

“When he brings in players, he will bring in players of quality.”

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