“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching. So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts.”
The Dutchman lifted titles in the Eredivisie, La Liga and Bundesliga – and claimed third place at the 2014 World Cup with his country – representing some of the biggest clubs in world football.
But no tenure was more controversial than his two-year stint at Manchester United, when the fan base and the media appeared to be directly opposed to the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
Nonetheless, Van Gaal would prefer to be remembered on merit than opinion and although he was never far from criticism, he did get United back into the Champions League and win the first major trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era in the form of the FA Cup.
Of course, that wasn’t quite enough to keep his job after Jose Mourinho became available in 2016. But with the dust finally settled and six months of reflection time under our belts, we have a simple question for United fans; was LVG a success at Old Trafford?
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