Van Gaal & lawyer arrive at training ground ahead of possible Man Utd exit
The Dutchman is widely expected to be replaced by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, with a change possible within hours
Louis van Gaal has arrived at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex on the day he expected to learn whether he will be sacked in favour of Jose Mourinho.
The Dutchman led United to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in Saturday’s FA Cup final, but within minutes of the triumph a number of news reports linked the former Chelsea manager with the Old Trafford hot seat.
And Van Gaal was seen arriving by car at the club’s training ground at around 8:30am on Monday, with speculation continuing that he will be told that Mourinho is set to replace him within days.
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He was followed around an hour later by Paul Gilroy QC, a lawyer who works with the League Managers’ Association and also worked on David Moyes’ behalf after the Scot was sacked by United in 2014.
If the club are to make a change, it is believed that an official announcement would only come after 14:00BST in order for the statement to be made during trading hours on the New York Stock Exchange, on which United shares are traded.
Mourinho has long been linked with the United manager’s position, with the Portuguese’s dismissal from Chelsea in December coinciding with a horrific run for the Red Devils which saw them eliminated from the Champions League and fall away from the top four of the Premier League.
United failed to recover, missing out on Champions League qualification on the final day of the season and suffering a Europa League exit at the hands of hated rivals Liverpool. Even after Saturday’s FA Cup win Van Gaal was booed by United fans as he took his turn to raise the trophy aloft after the presentation.
Van Gaal has 12 months to run on his three-year contract at United, after which he was expected to retire. It is unclear what the 64-year-old’s next step will be should his Old Trafford reign come to an early close.