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Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has praised Louis Van Gaal for bringing academy graduates into the first team.
Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have established themselves as regular squad members and potential stars of the future. It was only due to injuries that Van Gaal resorted to deploying the youngsters.
But Woodward says Van Gaal "leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future."
Woodward, the most senior executive below the owning Glazer family, praised Van Gaal for behaving with "great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here."
Woodward concluded Monday's statement announcing the 64-year-old Van Gaal's firing by saying "everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future."
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