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Van Gaal's time is up at United.

Louis van Gaal given £5m pay-off after Manchester United sacking

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Louis van Gaal has been sacked as Manchester United manager.

News of the Dutchman’s axing probably won't come as much surprise to football fans, though, given his future has been in doubt for so long.

Expectation was high upon his arrival at Old Trafford yet Van Gaal became the subject of criticism very quickly for the philosophies he tried to implement.

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Frankly, the Red Devils didn’t have a choice, especially so when someone of Jose Mourinho’s pedigree is available.

However, what should have been one of the worst days in Van Gaal’s career actually turned into a huge pay day for the 64-year-old.

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According to the Daily Mail, Van Gaal received an outrageous £5 million pay-off to leave the club, as well as £400,000 for delivering the FA Cup.

To reiterate, £5.4 million for the job he’s done. Incredible.

The Dutch boss went out on a high at least by guiding the Red Devils to their first piece of silverware since 2013, seeing off Crystal Palace on Saturday despite going down to 10 men.

Mourinho is now the man tipped to take over in the coming days, with widespread change set to ensure upon his highly-anticipated arrival.

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The 20-time league champions have already sacked Van Gaal’s Dutch coaching staff, including assistant coach Albert Stuinvenberg, performance analyst Max Reckers and goalkeeper coach Frans Hoek.

Ryan Giggs could also be heading for the exit - but not because United want him to.

The Welshman has been offered the opportunity to extend his stay at the Theatre of Dreams, but reports suggest he wanted to be considered for the manager’s role, which now appears out of the question.

Where summer arrivals are concerned, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be the first to join Mourinho’s United revolution when his Paris Saint-Germain contract expires.

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Thirty-eight goals in Ligue 1 last season suggests the 34-year-old is still capable of performing at the top and is just the world-class striker needed to reinvigorate United’s attacking line.

Rumours also suggest Ibrahimovic could take on a coaching role at Old Trafford.

Elsewhere, the Guardian claim that Mourinho will pursue all of Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, John Stones, Alvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and Ezequiel Garay this summer.

A £200 million summer war chest will reportedly be handed to the Portuguese in a bid to reinstate United as England’s elite side, following a campaign where they finished fifth in the Premier League and missed out on Champions League football for a second time in three seasons.

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