Manchester United have finally confirmed that the Louis van Gaal era is over, paving the way for Jose Mourinho to return to management.
Saturday’s FA Cup triumph could not disguise a disappointing campaign in terms of style and substance at Old Trafford, with United failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Van Gaal has paid with his job as United put the divisive Dutchman out of his misery on Monday evening, two seasons into a three-year deal.
Former Chelsea manager Mourinho, who worked with Van Gaal at Barcelona, appears a shoo-in for the vacated post.
“Louis van Gaal is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect,” confirmed United 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.”