Louis van Gaal, former Manchester United manager, has revealed that he has been diagnosed as having prostate cancer.
The 70-year old, currently the Dutch national team’s head coach, made the admission during a Sunday TV program called Humberto. He was also promoting a documentary about his personal life.
Van Gaal stated that he hadn’t told his players about his illness. He added: “They see my blushes on my cheeks, and think, ‘What a healthy (person) that is. This is obviously not true.
Manchester United supports Louis van Gaal’s fight against cancer.
Sending you strength and courage, Louis pic.twitter.com/axcB7mV5To
Manchester United (@ManUtd).
April 3, 2022
“I have been through many illnesses, even with my wife. That’s part of living.
“All those experiences have made me a better person. That should be included in the film, I thought.
Van Gaal assumed control of the Netherlands in August 2021 for the third time during his distinguished managerial career. He had previously managed them to third place at the 2014 World Cup.
After Frank de Boer’s defeat in Euro 2020, the Dutch side was eliminated in the last-16. Van Gaal will now lead his country to 2022 Qatar World Cup.
His side was drawn in Group A alongside Ecuador, Senegal, and Qatar.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Louis van Gaal (ex-Barca manager), who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Keep strong Louis and get well soon. pic.twitter.com/uE5SzstOHR
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona)
April 3, 2022
Van Gaal managed Manchester United from 2014 to 2016, winning the FA Cup before being replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United posted a tweet of support that stated: “Everybody from Manchester United is fully behind Louis van Gaal in his fight against cancer.” Louis, we send you strength and courage.
He was a former league champion with Ajax and he also coached Bayern Munich to Champions League glory in 1995.