Louis van Gaal has confirmed the treatment he’s had for prostate cancer has been a success.
The former Manchester United manager, who currently manages the Netherlands, went public with the news he’d been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer on a Dutch TV show earlier this month.
This led to a number of current and former United players coming out on social media to support Van Gaal, who spent two years at Old Trafford, winning the FA Cup.
It is his third spell in charge of his country and, on top of that, he is in the process of preparing to lead them into this year’s World Cup. They will be also be expected to qualify for the knockouts after drawing Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador in the group stage.
Van Gaal, 70, now says he’s in the clear following rounds of radiotherapy.
“I’ve been through everything,” Van Gaal told Dutch news agency ANP, as quoted by MailOnline.
“I had 25 radiation treatments. Then I had to wait five or six months to see if it had done its job. It did.”
The World Cup doesn’t kick off until November and Ronald Koeman is set to take charge of the national team after Van Gaal steps down.
There will be plenty of reasons to cheer on the Dutch from a Manchester United perspective this summer, especially once Erik ten Hag is announced as the new manager.
We’ll be hoping for a more attractive brand of football under Ten Hag. That’s for sure!