Louis Van Gaal was appointed the manager of Manchester United in 2014 © Getty Images
Louis Van Gaal was appointed the manager of Manchester United in 2014 © Getty Images

Manchester United compensated Dutch coach Louis van Gaal 4.55 million pounds ($6.64 million) after firing him a year before his contract expired. However, reports said, Van Gaal would have left United without demanding the compensation if the club had managed to deal with his departure in a better way. The executive vice president of the club, Ed Woodward, agreed on Tuesday to the amount of the settlement, signed prior to the announcement of the coach’s departure.

According to reports, Van Gaal was surprised and disappointed by the decision of the board, as he was confident that Woodward would allow him to fulfill the year remaining in his contract. Under the terms of the contract signed in June 2014, Manchester United will continue to pay Van Gaal 66 percent of his salary until June 2017.

Van Gaal was relieved from his post after he failed to achieve the desired results. In his first year in charge, Manchester United finished 4th in the table, and guided them back into the UEFA Champions League. But this season, United faltered on almost all fronts. First, they were knocked in the group stages of the Champions League, finishing 3rd in their group.

Then in Europa League, they were knocked out by fierce rivals Liverpool. The biggest downfall for LVG came when United failed to finish in top-4. Despite winning the FA Cup, he was relieved of his duties, with new manager expected to arrive soon. Sources have strongly indicated the arrival of Jose Mourinho, who has been out of work since getting sacked at Chelsea.