Tuesday 20 March 2018

Van Gaal uncertain

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (PA Wire)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (PA Wire)

Louis van Gaal does not know whether he will be at Manchester United next season if he fails to qualify for the Champions League.

United are six points shy of fourth-placed Manchester City with 13 matches remaining ahead of today's early kick-off against Sunderland.

When asked whether failure to make the top four or qualify for the Champions League via the Europa League would cost him his job, the United manager said: "It's not a question for me, it's a question for the board of Manchester United, you have to put it to them. I have a contract for three years and you know that.''

Van Gaal insists he has no problem with United's failure to back him publicly. Speculation has been swirling around Van Gaal ever since United slipped out of the top four and exited the Champions League with United failing to intimate that the Dutchman has their backing.

Some have taken that as a sign that Van Gaal has lost the faith of the board and that they are considering replacing him with Jose Mourinho. But Van Gaal says he does not mind that the club have not made a statement backing him.

"I am not agreeing with that,'' he said when asked if he was disappointed. "I have said many times that not all the media, but a lot of media, is inventing stories and you don't have to answer on invented stories. I agree with this policy of the club.''

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