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11th Mar 2019

Manchester United players pay tribute to Louis van Gaal

Jack O'Toole

Manchester United players paid tribute to former manager Louis van Gaal following his retirement from management on Monday.

The Dutchman won the 1995 Champions League title with Ajax, two La Liga titles with Barcelona, a Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich and an FA Cup with Manchester United and he gave club debuts to current first-team members Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, both of whom paid tribute to their former boss.

Van Gaal said upon his retirement that he could have continued to work in football as a technical director but that he intended to spend more time with his wife Truus.

“I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit,” Van Gaal told Dutch TV show VTBL.

“My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad. I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65.

“She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy. I think I could have worked as a technical director.”

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