… as club sets to sign Jose Mourinho
Louis van Gaal's spell at Manchester United is over, after the Dutchman was sacked after two underwhelming years at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford on Monday morning, where he discussed the situation with Ed Woodward and his departure was confirmed.
Ryan Giggs' future at the club is also in doubt, with the Welshman set to leave despite being offered a new coaching role at the club.
Jose Mourinho is set to be appointed as Van Gaal's replacement, with the ex-Chelsea coach's agent, Jorge Mendes, flying in this week to finalise the deal.
In a statement released just after 8.30pm, United announced Van Gaal’s departure with a year remaining on his deal.
Ed Woodward went to Van Gaal’s home on Sunday night to inform him of his sacking.
Van Gaal asked for an announcement of the decision to be delayed so he could visit the training ground to say farewell to staff.
The Dutchman was already on a private jet to Portugal and his holiday home on the Algarve when United announced his depature in a statement at 8.30pm.
Van Gaal will have the final year of his £6million-a-year contract paid up in full, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ready to succeed the 64-year-old at Old Trafford.
United 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).