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Man Utd send message to Louis van Gaal after he reveals cancer battle

Mudeet Arora
Van Gaal is battling cancer
Van Gaal is battling cancer / Alex Grimm/GettyImages

Manchester United have sent a "strength and courage" message to their former manager Louis van Gaal following the Dutch coach's revelation that he is battling cancer.

Van Gaal is in his third spell as Netherlands manager and is working full time despite his diagnosis.

Speaking on Dutch TV show Humberto last weekend, Van Gaal said, "I had a pretty aggressive form, got irradiated 25 times," he said. 

"Then you have a lot of management to do in order to go through life. I think you don't tell people you work with like that because it might influence their choices, their decisions. So I thought they shouldn't know.

Van Gaal then added that the cancer he is battling is not terminal. He said, "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."

The Dutchman continued, "I had preferential treatment in the hospital. I was allowed in through the back door when I went to an appointment and was immediately pushed into another room. 

"I have been treated wonderfully. Of course you tell your friends and relatives about it. The fact that nothing has come out [in the media] yet also says something about my environment. That's great."

Manchester United sent out a tweet later after the coach's announcement stating, "Everybody at Manchester United is fully behind our former manager, Louis van Gaal, in his battle against cancer. Sending you strength and courage, Louis."

Another of his former clubs, FC Barcelona too sent out a message to Van Gaal followed by the Netherlands national team and English legend Gary Lineker.