Friday 2 December 2016

Louis van Gaal's hopes of his Man Utd future mean nothing....just ask Moyes

Published 03/04/2016 | 12:16

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed that he is fully involved in the club's planning for next season - yet that does not necessarily mean he will remain in charge at Old Trafford for the final year of his contract.

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Van Gaal told reporters that he has been involved on “every step” of the plans for United’s pre-season tour of China in July, highlighting his confidence that he will be allowed to continue as United boss despite a troubled season.

Yet the words of David Moyes in April 2014 suggest that a United manager talking up his hopes of staying in charge despite a clamour from supporters for his removal is nothing new.

Just four days before Moyes was sacked as United boss after a disastrous debut season at the helm, he offered up these thoughts as he looked forward to a second season in charge.

“I’ve got to say I’m well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year,” Moyes said in the build-up to his final game in charge of United. “We’re linked with player after player and every time I go to a game, I’m supposed to be signing three or four players from that game.

“That isn’t the case, but everyone is well aware we are looking to make signings and will try to do that whenever the opportunity arises.

“It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place, but we have got to look to do one or two things.

“It’s difficult as players are going to be going away for the World Cup so it’s maybe not quite as easy as ideally all clubs would like to get the work done early. We cannot guarantee it, but will try to make that happen.”

They were the words of a manager who was convinced he would be given time to solve his problems by the United board, but that was not to be the case as he was dismissed following a defeat at Everton the following weekend.

So when Van Gaal suggests his involvement in the planning of United’s pre-season tour confirms to him that he will be in charge by the time his players board the plane to the Far East, there is no reason to take that as conclusive evidence that he will remain as United manager after May of this year.

Jose Mourinho remains the firm favourite to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford, although support for the former Chelsea boss appears to be fragile among several senior Man Utd directors.

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