It’s been a strange day at Old Trafford, but Louis Van Gaal is no longer the manager of Manchester United.
After leading United to their first FA Cup title since 2004 on Sunday, all reports led to Van Gaal being sacked with a statement set to be released at 8 a.m. ET on Monday.
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However, 8 a.m. came and went with no updates from United, despite nearly every news outlet proclaiming LVG had been dismissed.
Finally, at 3:30 p.m. ET, United finally issued an official statement confirming Van Gaal’s sacking, with the manager releasing a statement of his own just minutes later.
While the delay and United’s overall handling of this process has been a bit peculiar, everyone is now waiting for the club’s next announcement, the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
Going back to December, few expected Van Gaal to return to Manchester United after this season. Since that time, the only name truly linked with the position was Mourinho.
With movers pictured transporting boxes outside of Mourinho’s London home on Monday, it is now merely a waiting game until his appointment at United if official.
Mourinho may not give United supporters the high-flying, attacking football they longed for under Van Gaal, but he brings almost guaranteed success. Despite his struggles with Chelsea this season, Mourinho is a proven winner who has taken home silverware from every club he has managed.
When The Special One inevitably takes charge at Old Trafford, there will be two major talking points that dominate the conversation: the summer transfer window and Ryan Giggs.
Mourinho will likely demand total control over all transfer activities, and that was surely a major discussion between the sides when working out a contract. Ed Woodward has done brilliantly for United’s business standing, but his football decisions have been highly questionable. However, with the influx of more money into the Premier League and Manchester United’s already-endless supply of funds, you can almost guarantee Mourinho will spend big this summer to bring in the players he deems necessary to turn the side around.
The second major talking point is the future of Ryan Giggs. Arguably the club’s greatest-ever player, Giggs has been with United since signing as a teenager in 1990 and has served under Louis van Gaal as an assistant for the past two seasons. It has been reported that the club has offered Giggs a role to stay in Manchester, although it is unclear if he will accept.
Giggs is probably ready to start his own managerial career, but starting as the boss of Manchester United seems to have been deemed too big of a task for a first-time manager. While he would surely learn while working under Mourinho, he may want to step away to do things his way at another club.
There will be a lot of turnover at United this summer and this saga is far from over, but for now, we just have to wait.