Louis van Gaal refuses to be drawn on exit rumours

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal refused to discuss rumours about his future at Manchester United in the wake of his side’s 2-1 FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Man United secured their first taste of silverware under van Gaal thanks to Jesse Lingard’s sensational extra-time winner at Wembley.

However, almost immediately after the game, news broke that van Gaal is set to be replaced by Mourinho at Old Trafford on Tuesday. The Dutchman refused to be drawn when asked about the subject in his post-match press conference at Wembley.

Winning the FA Cup is a huge achievement for United and van Gaal deserves credit for what was a hard-fought and momentous win.

But the fact is that results and performances have been far below the required level this season. The Cup win simply glosses over the glaring cracks at Old Trafford.

Mourinho is a proven, world-class manager and he should galvanise the squad, which has looked devoid of inspiration at points this term. Van Gaal is an endearing character and he will be missed but he is not the right man to lead United.

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