Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal did not offer to step down at the end of the week, even with the opposing news. 64 years old Dutchman was said to have informed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward he would be ready to leave after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Southampton. But according to the sources, no such discussion took place. Van Gaal came back in the United’s training ground today morning as they make their plans for Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round game against Derby County.
Woodward, in the meantime, has club commitments in London instead of north-west England. United are retaining their long-established position of declining to openly talk about Van Gaal’s future. From their last 10 Premier League games, Manchester United have won only two games and currently they are five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham. Van Gaal and his team were booed during and after Saturday’s match at Old Trafford, in which they had just one shot on target.
Hired as replacement of David Moyes in 2014, Van Gaal is just over midway through a three-year agreement. He took the team back into the Champions League in his first year but has been intensely criticised this season for both team’s style of play and results. Van Gaal’s side were eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League and have failed to score a first-half goal in their last 11 matches at home. Former chief executive David Gill, who is still a director of the club, said on Weekend the team have “underachieved”.