Louis Van Gaal

Former Ajax and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Monday announced his retirement from football management.

The 67-year-old, who won the FA Cup during his two seasons in charge at Old Trafford after arriving in 2014, announced his intention to leave football behind on Dutch television.

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Van Gaal’s trophy-laden career includes the 1995 Champions League title with first club Ajax as well as two La Liga crowns with Barcelona, a Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich as well as two spells as Holland manager – who he guided to third place at the 2014 World Cup.

“I am a pensioner now. 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,” Van Gaal told Dutch TV show VTBL.

United was Van Gaal’s last managerial role and he was the coach who handed Marcus Rashford his debut as an 18-year-old.