Louis van Gaal has been sacked by Manchester United and Jose Mourinho is now waiting in the wings to get the job of his dreams.
Van Gaal, who was axed just two days after guiding the club to the FA Cup, had been criticised for his side’s dire and drab displays which saw them miss out on securing Champions League football.
However, he did have some fine moments at Old Trafford. Here are the top three results from his turbulent time in charge.
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Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool
Given United had been streamrolled by Liverpool on home soil mere months previously, Van Gaal showed that times were changing when he helped United hammer the Reds in December 2014.
Wayne Rooney opened the scoring, slicing home from the edge of the box to put the Red Devils on course for a sixth straight win on the bounce.
Juan Mata, who had been criticised for failing to help David Moyes save his job, then doubled United’s lead just before half-time with a header that should have been disallowed given the fact he was occupying an offside position.
The rout was then completed by Robin van Persie in the closing stages in a victory that heaped the pressure on Brendan Rodgers’ shoulders and moved United into third, behind Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City
Pellegrini’s side arrived at Old Trafford as favourites to win the Manchester derby, something that was reaffirmed when Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with just eight minutes on the clock.
However, United roared back through Ashley Young six minutes later, with a bullet header from the outstanding Marouane Fellaini giving them the lead as the interval approached.
Van Gaal’s men had been lacklustre all season, but they were flying on home soil and added two more goals through the brilliant Mata and Chris Smalling, the latter making it 4-1 with 17 minutes remaining.
Aguero did net a late consolation but the day belonged to the red side of the city.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
The FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace may have been Van Gaal’s last game, but it was also his greatest given he was finally able to deliver the first trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Things started badly, with both sides struggling to create chances, but Alan Pardew’s side took a shock lead through Jason Puncheon who beat David de Gea from a tight angle.
However, that served to knock United back into life and they levelled through Mata, who poked home after Rooney had battled to put the ball into the box.
Substitute Jesse Lingard then scored a stunner in extra-time to win United the trophy and ensure Van Gaal could leave the club with his head held up high.
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