LONDON — Within minutes of Manchester United winning the F.A. Cup final, its manager, Louis van Gaal was saying on television, “It is fantastic to win this title — for the club, for the fans, and also for me because now I have won the cups in four countries. And not many managers have done that.”
Van Gaal’s words centered on himself. And they came across like a farewell speech.
As van Gaal spoke, the players were already making their way up the 107 steps at Wembley Stadium to receive the trophy from Prince William. Van Gaal followed them, wearily.
He could not enjoy even one hour of satisfaction Saturday after United beat Crystal Palace, 2-1, to win the cup for the first time in 12 years. The story was already out that José Mourinho, once van Gaal’s protégé, had been offered a three-year contract to replace him.
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