Ex Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed his retirement from football management, Sky Sports report.
Van Gaal took over from David Moyes at Old Trafford in 2014.
It was an appointment which promised so much, and when it finally delivered a trophy in 2016, his reign ended immediately.
Van Gaal lost his first Premier League game in charge against Swansea and after the debacle against MK Dons, it was clear that he was not prepared for the uniqueness of English football.

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The Dutchman could not improve United’s league position, but he did leave the club in a far better state than he found it.
In addition to winning United’s first FA Cup since 2004, Van Gaal’s reign is remembered for bringing through young players.

Paying tribute

Three United players in different circumstances all paid tribute to Van Gaal last night.
Anthony Martial was signed by Van Gaal and is part of the Dutchman’s Old Trafford legacy.

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Bringing Marcus Rashford was one of his biggest achievements.
He brought the young striker into the first team from the academy and he is now a superstar.
Youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah is struggling out on loan right now, but under Van Gaal he made his debut and started a FA Cup semi-final.
 

The messages are heartfelt and genuine and show what an impact Van Gaal had at the club.
Even if results were mixed, Van Gaal left a legacy. Jose Mourinho certainly did not leave the same sort of goodwill behind him.

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