October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020

Louis van Gaal: retires at 67



Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has retired from football, with England striker Marcus Rashford among those to pay tribute.

The Dutchman, 67, handed an 18-year-old Rashford his professional debut for United in February 2016.

Van Gaal’s successful managerial career included a Champions League win with Ajax, as well as league titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“I am a pensioner now,” he told Dutch TV show VTBL on Monday.

“I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit.

“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.”

During his first coaching job with Ajax, Van Gaal added three Eredivisie titles, the Uefa Cup, Uefa Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and a Dutch Cup to his Champions League success in 1995.

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