Louis Van Gaal To Return To Old Trafford For Carrick’s Testimonial Game

Louis van Gaal before the match.

Reuters / Tony O’Brien

Louis van Gaal may be coming back to Old Trafford for the first time since he was sacked a year ago, for Michael Carrick’s testimonial game.

According to ESPN FC, the Dutchman was invited to watch the game with club and football legends playing on both sides of the pitch. He would be among the many VIPs invited to watch and enjoy the match.

Louis was sacked 2 years into his 3-year contract with the club, after he failed to qualify for the Champions League. He was brought in to replace the Scottish David Moyes back in 2014.

Ever since his departure from Manchester, he has not taken another management position. During his sabbatical, he has often been making rounds between Netherlands and Portugal.

Despite his infamous period at the club, he managed to achieve the 4th and 5th position finishes in the Premier League table during his tenure, and won the FA Cup in the 2015-16 season.

It is reported that the 65-year-old manager is indignant on how the Dutch FA is treating him back in his home country. He was approached by the Dutch FA to be a replacement for the National Team Manager, Danny Blind, but rather than a full-time position, he was asked to work part-time from his holiday home in Portugal.

According to The Mirror, he lashed out, saying: “So you think Van Gaal is a part-timer? If you’ve so little professionalism, I want nothing to do with you!”

He was also there during Manchester United’s victory over Ajax at Stockholm in the Europa League finals, as he has managed both the clubs in his past.

Carrick’s testimonial will feature legends from United’s 2008 UEFA Champions League victory, to be managed by Sir Alex Ferguson. They would be playing against Carrick’s all-star XI, to be managed by Harry Redknapp.


Written by Srivats Venkateswaran  

Sports writer with a long experience of writing in football.Was football team head at EssentiallySports. Still deeply misses Sir Alex and Berbatov at United. An introvert at heart with a poetic hand. Engineer by choice, writer by passion.


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