Widespread reports this week suggested that van Gaal told Ed Woodward after the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford that he was prepared to quit Man United.
Sources have told the BBC that the conversation did not take place. Instead, van Gaal is preparing the team to face Derby in the FA Cup on Friday while Woodward is in London fulfilling club commitments.
Trudging down the touchline and into the tunnel at Old Trafford, his team defeated again, with just two wins in their previous 10 Premier League matches, van Gaal looked a beaten man on Saturday.
Since November, results and performances have gone from bad, to worse, to catastrophic. Conjecture over van Gaal’s position at Old Trafford has peaked and there doesn’t look to be any way back for him now.
United’s official position may be one of coyness but it is hardly a secret that they are considering ending his tenure. If they are going to do it, they should do it now. Van Gaal, for all his faults at United, is one of the most respected managers in the game and he deserves a dignified exit.