A source close to Manchester United has sought to downplay rumours that the Red Devils hierarchy are growing increasingly frustrated with Louis van Gaal, and has rubbished the suggestion that Pep Guardiola will be replacing the Dutchman at Old Trafford next summer.
Despite his pedigree and past success, van Gaal has failed to win over the supports in Manchester, and his side were booed off the pitch on Saturday following their miserable 0-0 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League.
The Red Devils lacked the kind of attacking vigour and venom that was so characteristic of Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams, while many of van Gaal’s summer signings—including Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay—are yet to prove that they can contribute significantly at would-be title contenders.
As such, Bayern Munich coach Guardiola has been linked with the top job at Old Trafford [Daily Mail], with some sources suggesting that the Bayern Munich coach has been earmarked as van Gaal’s successor ahead of a potential summer move.
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However, according to a source close to the club—as per the Mirror—Red Devils officials are understood to be delighted with LVG and have no plans to replace him.
“The owners are completely happy with the job that Louis is doing,” the source told the tabloid. “He has taken us back into the Champions League and we are once again challenging at the top of the Premier League.
“But it is the things he is doing behind the scenes, away from the gaze of the public and the media, that has been most impressive.
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“He has brought an organisation and discipline to the club, and any change of manager would undermine that work.”
Instead of rushing to appoint Guardiola, the Mirror note that Ryan Giggs remains the club’s first-choice to replace van Gaal, but is considered as a long-term solution as the Welshman learns the ropes, rather than a quick fix any time soon.