Louis van Gaal announces his retirement from football

MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Louis van Gaal smiles prior to the Group E match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Bayern Muenchen and Ajax at Allianz Arena on October 2, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Louis van Gaal has announced his retirement from football on Dutch television after leaving Manchester United nearly three years ago.

Just two days after bringing the FA Cup to Old Trafford in his second campaign, Van Gaal was dismissed by United in the summer of 2016 to make way for the incoming Jose Mourinho.

The 67-year-old has since been spending more time with his family, despite being linked with a number of managerial vacancies that included a return to his native Netherlands to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Feyenoord manager before Jaap Stam’s appointment.

Nevertheless, Van Gaal leaves the world of football behind with an impressive CV after managing some of the biggest clubs in the business in Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax.

The former United boss also enjoyed a successful stint in charge of the Dutch national team, where he led them to a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup.

“I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit,” Van Gaal told VTBL.

“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.”

In total, Van Gaal won 536 of his 888 games at managerial level for both club and country.

The Dutchman won league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany along with being named the 1994/95 European Coach of the Season.

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United stars Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both took to social media to pay tribute to their retired former boss upon his announcement earlier today.

Van Gaal had handed Rashford his debut in the United senior team as a mere 18-year-old, while he was the one who brought Martial over to Old Trafford from AS Monaco in the summer of 2015.