Van Gaal sacked, Mourinho appointment imminent

Manchester United have sacked manager Louis van Gaal ahead of announcing the appointment of Jose Mourinho, according to reports in the English press.

Van Gaal and his backroom staff were reportedly sacked by the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, on Monday morning, with the club now discussing the terms of a severance package with the Dutchman’s representatives.

According to James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph: “Paul Gilroy QC finalising Van Gaal’s severance package now…£5m pay off. Expect an announcement lunchtime.”

Van Gaal steered the Red Devils to a fifth-place finish in the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, with United scoring just 49 league goals in what was a disappointing campaign.

The former Netherlands, who had one year remaining on his contract, did pick up some silverware, however, claiming the FA Cup in his last game in charge.