Louis van Gaal 'assured' of a third season at Man Utd - report
Louis van Gaal has been assured that he will remain in charge of Manchester United for a third season, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
Several stories over the last few days have suggested that Van Gaal will be allowed to see out the final year of his contract with United, despite constant rumours in recent months suggesting Jose Mourinho is being lined up to replace him.
Mourinho has fallen silent in recent weeks after an Independent.ie report suggested he had put a gagging order on his advisers to stop any further leaks on his contact with United chiefs.
The former Chelsea manager is believed to have been concerned that the consistent stories linking him with a move to Old Trafford may scupper his chances of landing his ‘dream’ job, yet these latest reports will concern the Mourinho camp.
Despite a large majority of the club’s fans appearing to have decided that Van Gaal should be removed as manager, Old Trafford officials still seem to be keen to stand by the manager they have backed with huge financial resources since his appointed in the summer of 2014.
Yet last Sunday's defeat against West Bromwich Albion was United's eighth in the Premier League this season and they currently lie 13 points behind surprise leaders Leicester, sparking fresh suggestions that he would be ousted or may even quit, but his former assistant manager with the Dutch national team told Independent.ie that he would never walk away unless he lost the support of his dressing room.
“Van Gaal is no quitter and this is why we still see him at Manchester United despite all the criticism over the last few months,” Patrick Kluivert told us last month.
“He only quits when he feels as if he has lost the players. He can take criticism from fans, he has had this many times, but when he feels as if the players are not responding to him any more, then he might be tempted to say; ‘Okay, this doesn’t work here’.
“Maybe it will not be his decision in the end because United can sack him, but I also feel as if Louis will know when he needs to go.
“Van Gaal has built up a really, really strong name and reputation. That has helped him to stay at United so far.
“You look at what happened to the previous coach at United (David Moyes) and he did not get the time. Maybe this was because he did not have the same kind of reputation or status in the game.
“I hope Van Gaal gets a chance to go to the end of the season and maybe see a light at the end of his tunnel, but at the moment, he is really struggling.”
Van Gaal faces the next big test of his tenure as United manager when his side take on Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday.