Man Utd send support as former boss Louis van Gaal reveals he’s battling prostate cancer

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told Dutch television that he has been battling prostate cancer.

the announcer RTL He said the 70-year-old, who is currently in his third spell as Netherlands coach, spoke about his condition on his Humberto show on Sunday night while discussing a documentary about his life.

Van Gaal said of his players: “They don’t know. They see a blush on my cheeks and think, ‘what a healthy (person) that is.’ Of course, that is not the case.”

He added: “I have been through many illnesses, even with my own wife. So that’s just part of life.

“(I) as a human being have probably been enriched because of all those experiences. I thought that should be in the movie as well.”

United posted a message of support on their Twitter account that read: “Everyone in manchester united is totally behind our old manager, Louis van Gaalin his battle against cancer. I send you strength and courage, Louis.”

Dutch captain Virgil Van Dijk hopes the Netherlands can make it “a World Cup to never forget” for the boss of their national team.

Asked if he summed up that Van Gaal’s person is that he hid his diagnosis from his players, Van Dijk said at a press conference: “Yes, definitely.

“I was also in shock last night when I heard your interview. He’s getting the movie out of him next week, so he was wondering how he would promote it a little bit and talk about his life, and then obviously that was a big shock.

“I sent him a message after the interview. It definitely says a lot about him. I also told him, he’s probably not the kind of person who needs a lot of sympathy, that’s just him.

“But I also told him that we will definitely be there for him as a group when he needs it, and hopefully we can also make it a World Cup for him that he will never forget.”

Tributes to Van Gaal arrive

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “Sending my best wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Louis Van Gaal who announced on Dutch TV tonight that he is battling prostate cancer.”

Barcelona also paid tribute to Van Gaal, who managed the club between 1997 and 2000 and again between 2002 and 2003.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with former Barca manager Louis van Gaal, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer,” the club said on Twitter. “Stay strong, Louis, and get well soon.”

Van Gaal managed United from 2014 to 2016, overseeing them winning the FA Cup in the last game of his tenure.

He gave Marcus Rashford his United debut and the England striker said on Monday: “I won my LVG ​​debut. You will always be in debt. You can fight this. We are all behind you.”

Another of Van Gaal’s United players, Jesse Lingard, tweeted: “Exciting to hear the news. I wish you a full and speedy recovery in your gaffer battle!

“Stay strong, we all know you will fight this with all your heart and courage!”

Ashley Young added: “I wish you a speedy recovery. Stay strong, coach.”

Van Gaal had previously won league titles with Ajax, which he also guided to Champions League glory in 1995, Barcelona, ​​AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.

His third spell with the Netherlands, which began in August last year, has included qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar which begins in November.

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