Louis van Gaal says he is battling prostate cancer

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has shared he is suffering with prostate cancer.

Van Gaal made the admission on Dutch television on Sunday evening.

United’s 2016 FA Cup winning manager is currently working as the Netherlands boss, preparing for this year’s World Cup.

Van Gaal is currently undergoing treatment and has been battling the disease privately for some time.

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Van Gaal undergoing treatment

The Dutch boss was quoted by AD.nl: “Look, you don’t die from prostate cancer. It is usually the underlying diseases that you die from. But it is an aggressive form. I was irradiated 25 times.”

The newspaper reports Van Gaal did not share the news earlier because he did not want to unsettle his group of players in the Dutch squad.

He still currently plans to stay on as manager for the World Cup, and was recently treated in hospital in the evenings after doing training camps in the day with the national team.

Van Gaal is 70 years-old and previously announced his retirement from management at the age of 67, Sky Sports reported, before being tempted back into the game for the Dutch job.

Holland recently drew 1-1 with Germany in their last friendly, and have been drawn in Group A for the 2022 World Cup alongside host nation Qatar.

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Last week Van Gaal took a swipe at United in his press conference, describing the Red Devils as a ‘commercial club’, comments he was not wrong about.

He managed United between 2014 and 2016, with his spell in charge ending with a FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace.

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