Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: I shall retire in 2017

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reiterated that he will retire when his contract at Old Trafford runs out in 2017.

Van Gaal has overseen a rebuilding process at Man United since his arrival in 2014, with a number of players coming and going.

It appears that the experienced Dutchman is beginning to see the fruits of his labour as United have registered four wins on the bounce in recent weeks.

However, van Gaal dismissed suggestions he will extend his stay at the club.

“I always want more. I have set my aims always in advance. It’s the same thing as what I’m doing now. I shall retire,” van Gaal said.

“I always do what I have said. I have always set my own aims and I think that I have set my last aim also. I set aims and I was very lucky that clubs or national teams want me. Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are other types I think.”

Van Gaal has often spoken of his ‘paradise’ in Portugal and that he wants to settle down there with his wife once he retires. The 64-year-old has enjoyed a long and successful career at the very highest level but no-one would begrudge him if he does end up sticking to his word and retiring in 18 months’ time.

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