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Louis van Gaal Leaves Manchester United In A Rage

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Manchester United finally confirmed the sacking of Louis van Gaal on Monday night after a day of meetings to agree his £5.4million compensation package.

Angered that he had been undermined by the fact that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had lined up Jose Mourinho as his replacement before Saturday’s FA Cup final, Van Gaal was joined by the same QC who assisted David Moyes in settling the terms of his departure.

Van Gaal, who spent eight hours at United’s Carrington training ground on Monday, feels aggrieved at his treatment and the fact that his finest hour at United was ruined by news of Mourinho’s imminent appointment minutes before what should have been a triumphant press conference at Wembley. And he puts the blame on Woodward for what amounts to another massive PR own goal for United.

Jose Mourinho

That is why he went into the meeting with top QC Paul Gilroy and why it took time to agree terms before two statements were issued at 8.30pm on Monday night.

Woodward agreed to give Van Gaal time to leave the country for his holiday home in Portugal before the news of his departure was confirmed. Within minutes of the announcement Van Gaal’s picture and biography had been removed from the club staff section on the United website. Ryan Giggs remained on the page.

But the club does seem to be in a mess, with the future of Giggs still very much uncertain.

Sources insist Giggs would consider staying if he was offered a senior role on Mourinho’s staff. And while club officials suggested on Monday night that the 42-year-old Welshman has been made an offer, it is thought to be a more junior position than assistant manager; perhaps even a role that sees him provide a link between the first-team and the academy and something that would amount to a major demotion given the position as deputy to Moyes and Van Gaal.

Mourinho will now be appointed manager, with his agent Jorge Mendes expected to meet Woodward on Tuesday.

Mourinho may raid his old club Chelsea as he looks to spend the £200m transfer kitty he will be handed by United this summer.

Mourinho is keen to bring midfielder Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford. He also wants to lure Everton’s central defender John Stones, who he tried to sign at Stamford Bridge. Stones would cost about £45m, while an alternative might be Raphael Varane, whose fee would be £35m from Real Madrid.

Chelsea would look for more than £25m if Mourinho tries to sign Matic. United might target Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Mario at a cost of £35m.

United midfielder Juan Mata wants to resolve his differences with Mourinho and stay at the club but the new manager may face a struggle to keep his first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea. During his second spell at Chelsea, Mourinho ostracised Mata before the player was sold to United for £37m in January 2014.

It is understood Mata is keen to hold talks with Mourinho and extend his stay at Old Trafford.

De Gea shares the same agent as Mourinho, the Portuguese representative Jorge Mendes, but this will not guarantee the keeper remains at United.

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