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Louis van Gaal is disappointed he has been fired by Manchester United and insists the "foundations are firmly in place" for a successful future at the club.
The Dutchman was fired by United despite winning the FA Cup on Saturday, the club's first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired three years ago. United missed out on the Champions League by finishing fifth in the Premier League.
Van Gaal said in a statement: "I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success."
He added: "I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire."
Van Gaal said "it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season."
Manchester United has fired manager Louis van Gaal after two turbulent years at the English Premier League club.
In a widely expected announcement, the club confirmed that the 64-year-old Van Gaal was leaving "with immediate effect."
Van Gaal had already told reporters on Sunday "it's over" — without expanding.
Although Van Gaal delivered United's first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired by winning the FA Cup on Saturday, a fifth-place Premier League finish meant the team missed out on Champions League qualification.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to replace Van