Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted that it was the club’s desire to agree to a three-year deal, as he only wanted two years.
The Dutch tactician joined the Red Devils in 2014, and has failed to have the impact that many would have hoped for as United have experienced a difficult campaign this year.
Although they could still land a top-four finish along with the FA Cup, it isn’t enough for a club with their expectations, and in turn it has rightfully raised questions about Van Gaal’s long-term future in Manchester.
However, he has revealed that if he had his way, he would be seeing his deal expire this summer as he wanted a two-year deal when he first joined the club, but they insisted on an additional year to see through their project together.
“We always knew that the process would take three years,” he told the media, as noted by ESPN FC. 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.”
Van Gaal was keen to remind all concerned that he was hired to rebuild the squad, and in that sense he has been relatively successful having built for the future with a new young nucleus of players.
However, whether or not they are able to continue to build and improve in the coming years will provide the true assessment of whether or not he has been a success, as the inability to compete at the top of the Premier League and in the Champions League coupled with the style of play that he has instilled have all led to significant and deserved criticism.