Monday, 2 May 2016



By Gill Clark
The Dutch coach has revealed he was keen
to sign only a two-year deal at Old Trafford
after replacing David Moyes, but the club
wanted him on board for three years
Louis van Gaa l is adamant he will still
be Manchester United manager next season,
no matter what happens at the end of the
The Red Devils remain in contention for a
top-four finish and are in the FA Cup final but
speculation over the Dutchman’s future at
the club persists.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with
replacing Van Gaal at Old Trafford but the
64-year-old is relaxed about his future and
says he always felt it would take time to
bring success to the club.
"I knew it would be like this. That’s why they
hired me and we spoke about it," he told
"We always knew that the process would
take three years. I wanted to sign only for
two years.
"The club wanted me to sign for three years,
not me. I signed for three years – so next
year you will see me again.
"Every week for six months I have been
sacked – and yet I am still here. But this has
happened to me at every club I have been at.
"I am doing the same job at United that I was
hired to do at every club.
"People should assess the squad that I took
over and make a comparison to the players
we have now in terms of age.

"There is a big difference between what the
people in the street think and the media. A
big difference. I can only tell you my
experiences and I don’t have to defend
myself. I am a realistic man and so I only
speak about facts."
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Van Gaal was also quick to defend his record
since taking over in 2014 as he prepares to
take on Leicester at Old Trafford on Sunday.
"The fact is that we finished fourth last year.
At the moment we are fifth, but we are still
able to finish third. On May 15 we will know
for sure," he added.
"The fact is that we are in the FA Cup Final.
The fact is that we were in the Champions
League. We didn’t do that last year.
"The fact is that we went further in the
Capital One Cup. So there are a lot of pluses.
Yes, we are in fifth and we are fighting for
the one position that is the most important.
"We also have the best home record in the
league, but we are one of the lousiest away
teams of the top clubs and that is something
we need to improve."