Roy Keane would like to see Louis van Gaal stay on as Manchester United manager if he can steer the team to an FA Cup final victory.
Van Gaal has been under intense pressure from Man United fans and the press after a disappointing season which hasn’t met the expectations he set out at the start of the season.
Many don’t see winning the FA Cup as enough to justify van Gaal staying in the job for next year but Keane disagrees.
“It was always going to be difficult, even for David Moyes, after Alex Ferguson,” Keane said on the Beyond the Pitch podcast.
“But I think if United can win the cup — it might be difficult to finish fourth — I don’t see why United won’t let him finish out the last year of his contract. I think Van Gaal has made it clear he’d like to do that. And I hope he does.
“I don’t like sitting around watching managers suffering and I think if they can win the FA Cup then it might just give him the breathing space to finish the job off next year — and that, when we’re talking about Manchester United, is winning league titles, etc.”
As Keane rightly says, the job next year – whether that is van Gaal’s or somebody else – is to get United challenging, if not winning, for the Premier League. This season, we were out of the race ever since a consecutive run of four defeats in December in all competitions killed our momentum.
When it comes to the FA Cup, Wigan and Portsmouth have shown us over the years that teams can come out of nowhere to win it but the real indicator of a team’s season is their league performance. That’s where we’ve see United’s weaknesses the most and there are real questions over whether the players would be ready to challenge for the league next year if van Gaal stayed.
I’ve personally lost belief the Dutchman can steer us to success but I know there are others who disagree with me and that limbo is where United currently find themselves. Nobody is sure which way we’re heading and with the summer fast approaching, everything remains up in the air.