It was hardly a surprise that Louis van Gaal was sacked as Manchester United manager.
The Dutchman was under pressure at Old Trafford for the majority of the campaign and, ever since Jose Mourinho was dismissed from the Chelsea job, the Portuguese was tipped to replace Van Gaal.
Van Gaal clung onto his job valiantly though and, although he missed out on a top-four finish on goal difference, he achieved the club’s first major trophy since the Sir Alex Ferguson era by leading them to FA Cup glory.
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Less than 48 hours later, Van Gaal received the news that all United fans were waiting for - he was to be given his P45.
While it’s fairly obvious that the supporters are glad to see the back of him, what do the club legends think?
Well, Rio Ferdinand has shared his thoughts on Facebook following the dismissal of the manager.
“After few hours to let the dust settle.. I thought I would write a few words on (Louis Van Gaal (LVG),” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“His unwavering belief in his methods is something to respect in many ways but it was also part of his undoing too.
“Success (winning the league or CL) is what Manchester United demands & added to that an attacking, quick, aggressive & imaginative style of football.
“Unfortunately LVG failed to bring either of those elements to the club.
However, Ferdinand did have some praise for the departing boss - his decision to give young players an opportunity.
“He is huge personality who won an FA cup, keeping up his habit of winning trophies everywhere he has been but his #MUFC legacy will be the introduction of the players from the academy like Rashford, Lingard, Fosu-Mensah etc which WAS in keeping with the history of the club - giving kids an opportunity to play.”
Ferdinand mentions that fact that Van Gaal has given youth a chance and nobody can argue with that. The biggest success story of United’s campaign - other than the FA Cup win - is the emergence of Marcus Rashford. The 18-year-old has scored eight goals in 17 appearances for the Red Devils - including a brace against Arsenal and the winner in the Manchester derby.
Although he didn’t have too much choice but to give him his debut due to a series of injuries, he kept faith with the youngster until the end of the campaign and was rewarded with fine performances which has seen him named in Roy Hodgson’s preliminary Euro 2016 squad.