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.
LVG asked about his future: "I show you the cup, and don’t discuss it with my friends in the media, who sack me for six months."
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) May 21, 2016
United press officer interrupts: "Any questions on the game." LVG: "I don't want to talk about leaving the club."
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) 21 May 2016
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.