Louis van Gaal is well aware he could be sacked at the end of the season if Manchester United fail to finish in the top four.
Man United have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season as they currently sit one point behind fourth placed Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Dutchman has been encouraged by the support he’s received from Man United’s board of directors but accepts that hierarchy will have to assess him and make a decision on his future at the end of the season.
When asked about the subject, he said: “I cannot say that because I think the board has to evaluate after the results of this year, what they have to do. I think that is normal.
“I cannot predict that when I do not know the facts. First you have to see the facts, I have always said that. The results and the titles and Champions League positions you can only say on May 15 (after the final match of the season).
“You also have to evaluate the circumstances of how I have had to work in the season (United’s injury pile up). I am a rational person. I know a Manchester United manager has to win something, but I am still working on that.”
There have been widespread calls for van Gaal to be sacked but he feels he deserves time in the same way Sir Alex Ferguson was afforded time at the start of his career at United:
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For me, context is everything and football is different now. Van Gaal has shown us the path he’s taking us down and it just isn’t working. He’s 64 now, he won’t change and what he’s doing just isn’t working properly overall.
A young, hungry Sir Alex was given time because he was effectively at the beginning of his managerial career and there was a belief in him based on his exploits with Aberdeen. For van Gaal, not getting sacked this summer would only delay his departure by one season because he’s going to leave when his contract runs out. He’s at the end of his career.
I’ve made my personal stance very clear in that we should bring in Jose Mourinho and by the looks of it, United finishing in the top four may well be the last leg van Gaal has to stand on. That being said, even if we finish there it doesn’t guarantee his job is secure.