United secured their first major trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 with a 2-1 victory in extra-time against Crystal Palace.
Just moments after the final whistle, reports emerged suggesting Mourinho would replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford next week.
He refused to comment on his future, but congratulated van Gaal and United on their win at Wembley. Asked what he made of Van Gaal’s triumph in the final, Mourinho said: “Many congratulations.”
Even though Jesse Lingard‘s goal gave United their first FA Cup win since 2004, the Glazers look to have pulled the plug on his contract after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
It is understood the midweek clash against Bournemouth was watched by fewer than 40,000, which is the smallest Premier League crowd at Old Trafford since the stadium was being redeveloped in the 1990s. Some fans have held off purchasing a new season ticket until they have confirmation on van Gaal’s departure following a disappointing campaign in charge.
Mourinho’s reputation took a hit during his time in charge at Chelsea, but he has won trophies at every club he’s managed and will almost guarantee the club success. His youth policy has been criticised throughout his management career but if he wants to keep fans on his side he’ll have to continue traditions and allow them to develop.