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Former Old Trafford Legend Roy Keane has returned to the club, replacing the outgoing van Gaal
In a move which has surpised many, Louis van Gaal has made his departure from Manchester United after only one season - a season in which many fans were exasperated by his tactical approach, and the deals made in the transfer market.
van Gaal himself is said to have been frustrated by the lack of support from the board as he chased transfer targets such as Paul Pogba this summer - the higher management seemingly not keen on parting with the £70m desired by Juventus for their star man, preferring instead to look at less expensive targets.
In a statement, van Gaal had little to say on the matter, offering a few succinct words: "I am very sad to be leaving Manchester United, but perhaps the club was not the correct choice for me last summer...We did not achieve the heights and success which should be customary in this great club, and for that I can only apologise to the fans - I wish my successor the best of luck."
But how will his successor differ? Roy Keane doesn't have the most spectacular of managerial records, but former Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given him a glowing endorsment: "It is always different, managing a club like Manchester United - especially when you've spent a career there, and become a club legend in a playing capacity. I have full faith in Roy, and I cannot wait to see what kind of ethos he instills at the club."
Keane himself has been remarkably quiet on the matter, but the club have released a statement on his behalf, stating that he is "over the moon to be named the new Manchester United manager - This club flows in my [Keane] blood, and I know how much it means to fans to consistently be the best club in the country, if not in Europe. I [Keane] will look to bring those levels of success back to our magnificent club"