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United welcoming Van Gaal back as guest for Carrick’s testimonial, a year after firing him

Date Posted,June 2, 2017

Louis van Gaal is set to return to Old Trafford on Sunday for the first time since his sacking.

But the veteran Dutch coach – coming back to Manchester United for Michael Carrick’s testimonial – is embroiled in another row.

The former United boss, axed last May after two years in charge shortly after delivering FA Cup final victory, is expected to be among the VIP guests paying tribute to Carrick for his 11 years’ service to the Red Devils.

However, a bust-up he is having with the Dutch FA has been revealed in his homeland and Van Gaal is outraged by the way he has been treated.

United sacked Van Gaal last May but he’ll be welcomed back as Carrick is honoured (Photo: Getty)

It has emerged that, after sacking coach Danny Blind in March, the Dutch federation approached LVG and offered him the job of Holland boss. The 65-year-old declined saying he wanted to see out his sabbatical season.

But Jean Paul Decossaux, a Dutch FA director, then made the suggestion: “You could do the job part-time, from your holiday home in Portugal.”

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Van Gaal was incensed and told the FA: “So you think Van Gaal is a part-timer? If you’ve so little professionalism, I want nothing to do with you!”

LVG has personally endured a tough winter.

He has suffered the deaths of his younger sister and son-in-law. He has also rejected all job offers, including a £50million contract from China that would have made him the world’s highest-paid coach.

The Dutch are being pressured to ask former coach Van Gaal to pick their new boss (Photo: Getty)

Now the Dutch FA are being pressured to make Van Gaal their chief executive, with the task of appointing his own coach.

But LVG countered: “How can I do that? You’ve just sacked the best choice – Danny Blind.”

Carrick will play for United’s Champions League and Premier League-winning side from 2008, alongside Edwin van der Sar, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, against an All Stars XI.

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