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Winning the FA Cup was not enough to save van Gaal his job.

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United signings: hit or miss?

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Despite winning the FA Cup, the Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafford is over.

Needless to say, not many Manchester United fans have shed a tear for their departing manager, the Dutchman has left the club without Champions League football after a dour campaign.

Van Gaal has declared that the expectations of United's supporters are too high, despite spending £250 million during his two seasons at the club.

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Despite his spending, it is the club's academy players that have shone most brightly during a disappointing season, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard heavily starring throughout.

Incoming manager Jose Mourinho is expected to be handed another war chest and will hope he can have more success in the transfer market than his predecessor.

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Here's how van Gaal's signings rate:

ANDER HERRERA

One of many players the club missed out on during the David Moyes era, United finally got their man in June 2014. United paid Athletic Bilbao £29 million for the Spaniard's services.

The midfielder has performed pretty well when ever he's been called upon, however, the 26-year-old simply did not get enough game time under van Gaal. MISS

LUKE SHAW

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Endured a frustrating debut season but made an excellent start to the 2015/16 campaign. Sadly, a horrific leg break ended his season in September, and boy did United miss him.

Shaw is one of England's finest young talents and the incoming Jose Mourinho will hope to have him back in action by the start of next season. HIT

MARCOS ROJO

You have to wonder how a player as poor as Marcos Rojo ended up playing for Manchester United.

Rojo has had an awful season, supposedly capable of playing left-back, he's been a poor fill in for Shaw.

With Mourinho coming in his future must be in doubt, Shaw will be first choice left-back next season and there'll be no place for Rojo in the centre of Mourinho's defence. MISS

ANGEL DI MARIA

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United's record signing made a fantastic start to life in England, but in the end, things never got better than his delicious chip against Leicester City.

A burglary at his home apparently disrupted his season, certainly his form dipped dramatically during the 2014/15 campaign. He has since criticised Louis van Gaal and one wonders whether the Argentine would still be there had someone else been in charge. MISS

DALEY BLIND

The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford having enjoyed a successful World Cup with his new club manager. Blind has been one of Van Gaal's better signings.

In his two seasons at the club, Blind has shown that he can play comfortably in a variety of positions, which should serve him well with Mourinho coming in. Though he's done well at centre-half this season, his future is probably not in the heart of the defence, he'll be kept hold of though. HIT

VICTOR VALDES

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Brought in for free as cover for David de Gea, a falling out with van Gaal ensured that he'd never been seen again after the 2014/15 season. The Spaniard has seemingly been waiting forever to get out of Old Trafford, yet he's still on their books.

The 'keeper would be a capable understudy to De Gea, it will be interesting to see what Mourinho does with him. MISS

MEMPHIS DEPAY

Branded the 'next Ronaldo', Memphis Depay was always going to struggle to live up to expectations. The youngster has had a poor season which has drawn comparisons to the plight of Di Maria.

The winger tore up the Dutch league last season, but the transition to English football, together with a clear lack of confidence, has meant that he's made no impact. His FA Cup final snub summed up his season. MISS

MATTEO DARMIAN

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Like many, the Italian made a good start at United but fell away. In the early weeks of the season it looked as if United had finally found a decent right-back, however, the full-back has been in and out of the team ever since.

Over the course of the season he's been woefully inconsistent and was horribly exposed as United crumbled at White Hart Line. He may well be replaced this summer. MISS

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER

The fact that Bayern Munich were willing to let Schweinsteiger go should have made United think twice before signing him. The German came with a worrying injury record and has shown this season that his best days are behind him.

His debut season at Old Trafford was littered with injuries and he struggled to make an impact, which proves that five years ago, he might have been a good signing. MISS

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN

Derby County v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round

The Frenchman looked to be an excellent signing when he arrived from Southampton, but Schneiderlin has not shown the form that earned him a big money move to United.

The fact that Van Gaal has so often left him out hasn't helped, but when he's played, he's looked a shadow of the player he was last season.

He's proved in the past that he can perform at this level and he'll need to prove himself next season. MISS

SERGIO ROMERO

When Romero started the season between the sticks, people began to believe that he could be the club's new number one. Then he promptly reminded everyone that he's not good enough for United, as he delivered a poor display away to Swansea City.

Whoever De Gea's understudy is next season will rarely be needed, but they could surely do better than this. MISS

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

Undoubtedly Van Gaal's biggest success story, Anthony Martial has firmly established himself as one of the best young talents in Europe.

There was widespread scepticism when United brought in the little known Frenchman, but the youngster made an impact straight away as he found the net on his debut against Liverpool.

The 20-year-old has proved more effective on the left this season, terrorising many a full-back over the course of the campaign. United fans are naturally excited as the youngster will only get better.

Despite Mourinho's record with young players, Martial will surely be one of the first names on the team sheet next season. HIT

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