Manchester United have sent a message offering their “strength and courage” to former manager Louis van Gaal following the Dutchman’s revelation that he was battling cancer.
Van Gaal has enjoyed a hugely successful coaching career that spans over 30 years, including two in the Old Trafford dugout between 2014 and 2016.
The 70-year-old is now in his third term in charge of the Netherlands and continues to work despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer, and the Red Devils have shown their support via social media.
Van Gaal reveals his battle with cancer
Van Gaal announced his condition on a Dutch TV show Humbert over the weekend, admitting he had kept it a secret from the Netherlands squad.
“I was in pretty aggressive form, I was irradiated 25 times,” he said. “So you have a lot of management to do to get through life.”
Van Gaal went on to insist that his form of cancer is not terminal while adding, “You don’t die from prostate cancer, at least not 90% of the time.”
Message from Man Utd to Van Gaal
Van Gaal delivered the FA Cup during his reign at Old Trafford, one of the few trophies the club have won since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
United sent their best wishes to the Netherlands boss with a statement on his official Twitter account: “Everyone at Manchester United fully supports our former manager Louis van Gaal in his fight against cancer. I send you strength and courage, Luis.”
Barcelona, another of Van Gaal’s former clubs, also used their social media channels to show their support and Gary Lineker was among the former players to message the veteran manager.
Meanwhile, the official Dutch national team Twitter account sent out a simple love message in the shape of an orange heart along with a photo of their manager.