Louis van Gaal has made it abundantly clear he will not resign as Manchester United manager and said he wanted to see out his full three year contract.
The Dutch manager has come under severe pressure ever since we lost four consecutive games in December and missing out on the top four means it is very difficult, nigh on impossible, for anybody to justify why he should not be sacked.
One thing is for sure – van Gaal won’t be walking away from Man United unless he is pushed out of the door.
Speaking after the Bournemouth game, he said: “I can only say I have a contract of three years and I want to fulfil that. The transition period is not over yet. I am still the manager.”
It really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to hear van Gaal’s fighting talk about the job. He’s 64 and this is probably his last job in football, so I wouldn’t expect him to resign and lose out on a year’s salary. He’s putting the ball in United’s court and it’s up to us to make the move.
Reports say Jose Mourinho is waiting in the wings and has been given assurances he’ll be United’s next manager if van Gaal leaves but it’s clear to me the Dutchman has no intention of doing that.
Whether it is publicly labelled as a sacking or by mutual consent, the only way van Gaal is leaving United this summer is if we force him out of the door.