Louis van Gaal has seemingly admitted his time as Manchester United manager had come to an end after telling a news reporter ‘It’s over’ as he left London on Sunday, reports the Daily Mail.
Despite winning the FA Cup with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday – courtesy of Jesse Lingard’s fantastic volley – doubts over the Dutchman’s future were again raised immediately after the final.
Sky Sports’ James Cooper was outside the team’s Hilton hotel in central London on Sunday as they prepared to return to Manchester, reporting that Van Gaal had responded to a request for comment by saying: ‘No, no. It’s over!’.
The reporter acknowledged that these comments carried ‘a touch of ambiguity’, but believes they indicated that the manager, who looked ‘slightly awkward and upset’, is no longer Manchester United manager.
Manchester United have since told Sky Sports that Van Gaal was referring to it being the end of the season, when he said ‘it’s over.’
Van Gaal arrived back in Manchester by train with his wife Truus and posed for pictures with fans at Stockport station.
Reports in Spain and on the BBC claimed on Saturday that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would be taking over next season, although they remained unconfirmed by the club.
Mourinho was pictured leaving his London home on Sunday after watching David Haye destroy Arnold Gjergjaj in their heavyweight boxing clash at the O2 Arena on Saturday evening.
Super agent, and close friend, Jorges Mendes will arrive in England on Tuesday to conclude the deal for his Portuguese client.
Van Gaal appears to have paid the price for a disappointing season that, despite winning a first piece of Silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, saw United miss out on Champions League qualification amid criticism of the manager’s defensive tactics.
The 64-year-old refused to discuss his future following the Wembley win, instead saying; ‘I show you the FA Cup and I don’t discuss it with my friends of the media who have already sacked me for six months.
‘Which manager can do what I have done? I don’t want to talk about leaving the club.’