Saturday 25 January 2020

Prominent Dutch paper claims Louis van Gaal is staying at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Louis van Gaal has been given assurances over his Manchester United future and will be given £100m to spend on new players this summer, according to a report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Van Gaal’s future as United manager has been shrouded in uncertainty for many months, with either Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs strongly linked with bids to succeed to the Dutchman at the end of this season.

De Telegraaf now claim Van Gaal is increasingly confident of remaining in charge of United for the third and final year of his contract, yet there must be some doubts whether his own confidence of his future will be decisive when club officials consider their options at the end of a troubled season.

While De Telegraaf has close links to Van Gaal and has been accurate in many of its commentaries during his two-and-a-half year stint at Old Trafford, it appears that this story has come without any confirmation from United sources.

It is increasingly evident that Van Gaal believes he has the continued backing of United chiefs, with his comments to Sunday newspaper journalists last weekend evidence of his growing confidence that he will be allowed to continue in his role for another campaign, as he spoke about his role in plans for the club’s pre-season tour of China next July.

“Every step that has been made and I was there and I have to decide and that is why we’re only going for eight days,” said Van Gaal, as he spoke about the planned trip to China.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

“Only because of commercial purposes are we going and as a manager of Manchester United I know also that we have to do that, but I have made it very short and within eight days we are back again and then we have to train.”

Van Gaal clearly views his role in United’s pre-season preparations as evidence of continued backing from Ed Woodward and the Old Trafford board, but David Moyes was offering up similar sentiments in the days before the club sacked him in April 2014.

“I’ve got to say I’m well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year,” stated Moyes, 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 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.”

Moyes was ousted as United manager just four days after muttering those words, so suggestions coming from the Van Gaal camp that he expects to be in charge at Old Trafford next season may not count for much right now.

A top four finish in the Premier League and FA Cup success may well secure Van Gaal’s position at United for a third season, but anything less and his position will come under huge scrutiny once more.

The story from De Telegraaf can be seen in full here

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