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The day that United knocked out Van Gaal

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It’s been four years since Louis Van Gaal was knocked to the ground by Ed Woodward and fired by Manchester United.

Dutch master tactician Louis Van Gaal was never really one for theatrics. He was the perfectionist, micromanager that left nothing to chance.

But despite all the rumors he insists he was bowled over by his apparent shock sacking by Manchester United on this day in 2016.

The then United boss arrived at Old Trafford to take the reigns after a miserable transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes.

Van Gaal came to United off the back of a great run at the 2014 World Cup with the Netherlands.

Prior to that his resume read like a who is who of football royalty. Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich all among previous employers.

On paper he seemed to have the perfect credentials to take control at a sleeping giant like United.

However, even for a man of Van Gaal’s expertise, it all got to much.

At the end of his second year at the Theatre of Dreams, it appeared to be more of a nightmare for the Dutchman.

Despite winning the FA Cup, United opted to terminate his contract and call on the services of Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal was officially fired on May 23rd, 2016, with Mourinho appointed only days later.

Many credit Van Gaal’s downfall to the vast amounts of money he spent in the transfer market, of which most were deemed duds.