After having enjoyed a career that spanned over 25 years and across four countries, Louis van Gaal has finally announced his retirement from management.
The decorated tactician managed teams like Ajax, AZ, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United, along with the Dutch national team, winning major trophies and accolades in almost all of his stints.
Now, LVG has confirmed that he has officially retired, and is now a ‘pensioner’ with no further intention of becoming a technical director or a TV pundit.
Van Gaal’s final hurrah arrived at Manchester United, where he won the FA Cup, whilst also handing debuts to two young talents that not only star for the club at present, but are also expected to develop into world beaters in the years to come.
It was LVG who, back in the summer of 2015, signed Anthony Martial from AS Monaco by coughing up the highest transfer fee for a teenager – a sum in the region of £36 million.
While the Frenchman was a relatively unknown talent upon his arrival at Old Trafford, he soon became an absolute fan-favourite at the club, and remains one to this day.
The 23-year-old has sent a message of gratitude to his former boss on social media, which reads:
Along with Martial, Van Gaal also introduced an up-and-coming youth academy graduate into the first team – a talent named Marcus Rashford. The Englishman was handed a surprise start in United’s Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland, wherein he ended up scoring an impressive brace.
Rashford has since remained a part of the first-team, and under current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils’ number 10 now leads the attack all on his own.
The 21-year-old also thanked LVG for providing him with his breakthrough, as he posted the following tweet: