Louis van Gaal expects he will still manage his current club – Manchester United – in the next season. 64-year-old has not been given any guarantee on his future however he hopes to serve the last season of a three-year deal which he signed in 2014. “I have said I should be here, it is my thinking, so the board needs to pick up the final decision” said Van Gaal. He has been under extreme pressure since December and ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is known to have talked with Man Utd authorities.
Man Utd, who proclaimed record third quarter results on Friday and said they anticipate that overall income will pass £500m for the year, know they will lose the opportunity of Champions League for the second time in three seasons if Manchester City not lose their last match of the season at Swansea City on Sunday. While having a place in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on 21 May, Van Gaal says taking the fight for a top four spot to the last match represents some level of progress.
“FA Cup final is in our hands,” he said. “And we are still the contenders. What number of teams can say that? Not many. Our purpose was to qualify. Obviously you can say Man Utd should be champions, yes I know the desires are that way however I don’t imagine that is pragmatic.” Van Gaal repeated his statement that the media “sacked” him six months ago.
And whether he departs or stays at Man Utd, Van Gaal has already been seriously involved in the preparations for the 2016-17 season, decreasing the club’s pre-season tour to six entire days and two matches in China. He additionally knows the region he needs to fortify, having backed out of a potential arrangement for Renato Sanches, who joined Bayern Munich from Benfica on Tuesday. “I don’t think too much improvement is required,” he said. “However we require quick, inventive players in assault. That is the thing that I said before this season,” he added.