It’s been widely reported that Jose Mourinho could take over if van Gaal is sacked this summer following a disappointing campaign at Old Trafford, but the Dutchman has a year left on his contract and could potentially save his future at the club if his side win the FA Cup and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Times suggest he would lose out on more than £1 million if Man United fail to qualify for the Champions League but would receive a £400,000 bonus if his side lift the FA Cup when they face Crystal Palace at Wembley on May 21.
Should he face the axe this term, United will continue to pay his salary, including both image and loyalty bonuses, unless he takes up another job before the expiration of his contract next year.
Moyes was paid £3.5 million – a full year’s pay – on top of the £3.5 million he received for overseeing what was United’s worst ever Premier League season.
Although van Gaal could follow the same fate, the squad is in a much better place. There are plenty of youngsters blossoming on the squad but he hasn’t been able to get United back to their winning ways. We should be challenging for titles and progressing on last season, not scrapping for fourth place even more so than we were in 2014/15.
I still hope he will be replaced at the end of the season. I can’t see us moving forward with the Dutchman after an extremely sluggish campaign in his second year in charge, especially with Mourinho waiting in the wings.
As for the idea of a £5 million pay-off, it’s hardly a figure which United should balk at when you consider we paid £16 million for Marcos Rojo and £7 million for Bebe. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not much at all.
With the club still in a downturn since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, we can’t afford to make another mistake when we decide to appoint a new manager and I think that includes taking a risk with Ryan Giggs or keeping van Gaal for another year.