Louis van Gaal gave the impression that his time as Manchester United Manager had come to an end on Sunday morning, telling a news reporter ‘it’s over’ outside his hotel as he left London.
In response to a question from a Sky Sports News Reporter, the Dutchman declined to speak to press beyond his two-word lament following United’s first FA Cup triumph in 12 years.
According to The Telegraph Jose Mourinho will be selected to be the club’s new manager, a state that appears to be confirmed by Gaal’s short statement.
Yet the club has tried to elucidate that their manager simply meant that the season was over, and nothing more.
After Mourinho revelations, yesterday’s Wembley celebrations were quickly evaporated overnight. The 53-year-old Portuguese was previously dismissed as Chelsea’s manager in December due to a poor run of results, which resulted in their Premier League title deference crumble.
Nonetheless has still been able to preserve his reputation as a top-tier coach while reports linking him to van Gaal’s replacement have haunted for several months.
Former England and Manchester United player Phil Neville told BBC Five Live that the new manager should return triumph to the Old Trafford club.
Neville said: “[Mourinho] is a proven winner, a proven champion. United fans want a team that will challenge for the league title, not a team that finishes seventh or fifth, and Jose is probably the man for the job,”
“I can’t see him staying too long at Man United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club,” Neville told.
“When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.
“It happened at Chelsea, it certainly happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.
“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.”