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Van Gaal will retire in two years

Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal. PHOTO/File
Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal. PHOTO/File

LONDON, July 27- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to retire from the game of football when his contract with the Red Devils comes to an end.

The good news for United fans is he has set himself the same timeline to win the Premier League title with the club, but there seems to be very little chance he will extend his deal and career even if he does.

“I promised that to my wife,” he told Sky Sports HQ. “We have not many years together any more.

“I have to admit I have said to her when I met her and after our relationship seemed to be very good, then I said at 55 years I shall quit. Now I am still working and next week I am 64.

“I have done everything in my career as a manager. I have been in the Netherlands, my home country. I have been in Spain, fantastic league. Germany, fantastic league. Now I am here.

“So, I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don’t think so. You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife.”

The Dutch coach admitted for United to return to their former glory they needed to match the best teams in Europe for pace and creativity up-front.

“I think we still need more speed in front and also more creativity and that is why I want Di Maria to stay, but we don’t know that so we will have to see,” he added.

“Bayern Munchen – they have Ribery and Robben. Chelsea have Hazard and Willian. Real Madrid: Ronaldo and Bale. Barcelona: Neymar and Messi.

“Young and Mata had fantastic seasons with assists and goals but to win the Champions League you need speed also.

“That is why I think, maybe, we still have to buy a player with speed and creativity.”