The Dutch manager replaced David Moyes who took over after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the Old Trafford club.

Van Gaal’s contact was terminated on Monday, two years into a three-year contract having won the FA Cup for Manchester United over the weekend.

The club however failed to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, a factor that played a key role in the manager’s departure from the Manchester club.

A statement on Manchester United’s official website read concerning Louis van Gaal’s departure from the club:

"Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said.