We covered reports on Tuesday from De Telegraaf in Holland which suggested Louis van Gaal had been given assurances over his future at Manchester United and told he’d have €100m to spend this summer.
On Wednesday, another Dutch newspaper Ad.nl has published a report saying van Gaal has rejected an offer to become the KNVB (Dutch FA) director of football. They also suggest what happens between now and the end of the season will decide his future at United to see if the club wants to keep him until the end of his three-year contract.
I genuinely dismissed all concepts of van Gaal staying on as United manager but I’m starting to doubt whether or not I may have come to that conclusion too early.
As a fan, there’s no justification for keeping van Gaal at the club any more but rarely does that perspective lead the decisions at United. Were United to finish in the top four and win the FA Cup, maybe van Gaal will stay on but I desperately hope not.
Regardless of his future at United beyond this year, I’d expect van Gaal to reject any job offers because he made it clear this would be his last job in football. He even had to convince his wife Truus about the United job and at the age of 64, retirement is now the most likely next step for him after United but when that step happens remains to be seen.
Looking ahead with United, there are growing murmurs from Holland that maybe there is a chance he will be our manager next year which is not something many fans actually considered. Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs? It could still be van Gaal.