Former Manchester United coach reveals he has prostate cancer

Louis Van Gaal hopes he will be healthy enough to guide Netherlands in Qatar

Holland manager and former Man United boss Louis van Gaal reveals he's battling cancer

Louis Van Gaal, current head coach of the Netherlands national team has revealed he has been diagnosed with a 'pretty aggressive' form of prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old, who is the former manager of English side Manchester United, made the admission on a TV show in the Netherlands called Humberto on Sunday, April 3 while promoting a new documentary about his life.

"In each period during my time as manager of the national team I had to leave in the night to go to the hospital without the players finding it out until now, while thinking I was healthy, but... I am not," he said.

"I think you don't tell people you work with like that because it might influence their choices, their decisiveness. So I thought they shouldn't know," he added.

Going into more detail on his health issue, Van Gaal revealed that he had a 'pretty aggressive form' of cancer, but was staying positive as he paid tribute to the hospital staff that had treated him.

"You don't die from prostate cancer, at least not in 90 per cent of the cases. It is usually other underlying diseases that kill you. But I had a pretty aggressive form, got irradiated 25 times. Then you have a lot of management to do in order to go through life," he said.

In August 2021, van Gaal took charge of the Netherlands for the third time in his illustrious managerial career, having previously led them to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.

He replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutch side was knocked out of Euro 2020 in the last-16 and van Gaal will lead his country to the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November. His side has been drawn in Group A, alongside Ecuador, Senegal and Qatar.

His most recent role in club management came in the Premier League, when he was handed the United job in 2014.

He lasted two years at Old Trafford, and won the FA Cup in his final game at the helm as his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley.

Van Gaal has had a glittering coaching career which has lasted over three decades. He led Ajax to Champions League glory in 1995, and he won league titles in Spain and Germany with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, respectively.

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