LOUIS Van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United.
Van Gaal has paid the price for failing to secure Champions League qualification next season and Jose Mourinho is waiting in the wings to become the new boss.
The 64-year-old Dutchman was given the news at a meeting at United’s Carrington training ground today — less than 48 hours after he led the team to FA Cup glory.
Even beating Crystal Palace in Saturday’s final was not enough to save Van Gaal from the axe, as United finally lost patience with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
Former Chelsea manager Mourinho is the man who United will appoint now as they desperately try to re-establish themselves as the best in the Premier League.
Despite spending almost $520 million on players, the club is as far away from challenging for the title as they were under David Moyes and they risked being left behind further if they didn’t act.
Van Gaal had lost the support of the United squad, with several upset at his training methods and the way he tried to stifle their natural instincts during games.
Mourinho has been linked with the United job ever since he left Chelsea late last year, and has been in position to take over since just before Christmas.