Louis van Gaal has made it clear he has no intention of walking away from Manchester United and expects to be manager next season unless the board sack him.
Ever since losing four consecutive games in December, van Gaal’s future as Man United manager has been in doubt and that pressure has only intensified over a five month period in which United have failed to truly progress with any true conviction.
Jose Mourinho is the man being lined up to replace van Gaal if the press reports are anything to go by but despite those growing rumours, the Dutchman remains completely unmoved.
“I have said I shall be here, that is my opinion, so the board has to decide if it is like that,” he told reporters ahead of Bournemouth.
It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to hear that van Gaal has no intention of leaving the job. Why would he? He’s 64 and will lose out on his final year’s salary as well as bonuses if he was to quit. If United want to get rid, they’ll have to sack him.
That’s probably why we’re still sitting here heading into the final Premier League game of the season not knowing what is going on because mathematically we can still finish in the top four if Swansea beat Man City and we beat Bournemouth. It’s unlikely but not impossible.
By finishing fifth, it will become cheaper for United to sack van Gaal and the money driven board will be justifying the delay in any decision by that logic. It’s left Mourinho waiting in the wings and fans frustrated no decision has yet been made but nothing will happen before the FA Cup final anyway.
I’d love nothing more than United to win the FA Cup final and give van Gaal a trophy to end his career in management. He’s been a great manager at multiple clubs and although it hasn’t worked out at United, it would be good to see him finish on a high. That is, of course, if he was to leave but by all accounts the only way he’s leaving is if he is sacked.