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Louis van Gaal to return to Old Trafford for Michael Carrick’s testimonial

by Leo Nieboer

Louis van Gaal will return to Old Trafford for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United in May 2016 for Michael Carrick‘s testimonial match on Sunday, according to reports.

The Dutchman took charge in May 2014 following a miserable season under David Moyes and guided Man United back into the Champions League.

His second season held witness to a grim step back, however, and he was dismissed by the club soon after claiming the FA Cup following a season hallmarked by turgid football and a fifth place finish in the Premier League.

However, according to sources at ESPN, the 65-year-old will revisit Old Trafford for Carrick’s testimonial, which will see the Champions League winners of 2008 managed by Sir Alex Ferguson take on an all-stars team managed by Harry Redknapp.

Pinning down the exact nature of Van Gaal’s reign isn’t easy. Supporters witnessed some truly unique developments: “horny” football, Phil Jones taking corners and Robin van Persie in midfield make up just a few of many managerial idiosyncrasies that supporters grew accustomed to under the Dutchman.

He was there for United’s 2-0 win over Ajax earlier this month – a powerful example of how far they have come under Mourinho – and as he descends on Old Trafford once again he may just ponder, if only briefly, where it all went wrong last year.

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