Saturday 1 October 2016

'It is for the board to consider' - Louis van Gaal finally admits his job at Man Utd is at risk

Tom Rooney

Published 07/05/2016 | 12:06

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

In what feels like a watershed moment, albeit a belated one, Louis van Gaal has conceded that his job at Manchester United could be in peril.

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All season, regardless of his side’s results or performances, Van Gaal has admonished anyone with the temerity to suggest his position at Old Trafford was verging on the untenable.

But, with three vital league games over the next eight days to come - starting with this afternoon’s early kick off against Norwich at Carrow Road – the surly Dutchman has admitted that one more poor result could compel the United board to seek an alternative option.

We’ve been led to believe that Jose Mourinho is eager to take the reins at Old Trafford.

Even if Van Gaal were to secure the FA Cup at the expense of Crystal Palace in a fortnight’s time, failure to qualify for the Champions League would likely prove decisive.

To do so, United must win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since September.

A Norwich outfit desperately fighting relegation must be overcome, before Champions League outsiders West Ham are visited prior to Bournemouth's arrival in Manchester on the final day.

The severity of the situation is not lost on Van Gaal.

"I cannot afford it (further losses) and Manchester United cannot afford it. But in sport you can win and lose. It’s hard to accept, but it is the truth," Van Gaal said, (as reported in the Manchester Evening news).

"Every game we have to win. The pressure is high for everybody but also for Norwich, because they have to win also otherwise they can say goodbye to the Premier League.

Presently, United are four points off Manchester City, though with a game in hand, and considering the latter’s recent form, Van Gaal’s men have cause for optimism.

Van Gaal was unwilling to clearly state whether or not a second fourth place finish in as many seasons, having spent €300m on players, would be sufficient for him to be permitted to see out his three year deal.

"That is for the board to consider and judge," Van Gaal said when asked whether finishing fourth would be an achievement.

"I want to win also the title [FA Cup], not only the qualification, but I want to win also the title because I think the FA Cup is a very important title in England,” he said.

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