Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he expects to be back next year even though the club has failed to meet expectations this season.
The Red Devils remain in contention for a top-four finish ahead of the last game of the season, although they will have to rely on Manchester City dropping points while securing a win over Bournemouth themselves.
Meanwhile, the Premier League giants could also salvage something from their campaign by winning the FA Cup later this month, but it has remained questionable as to whether it will be enough to save Van Gaal’s job.
Given that a failure to qualify for the Champions League cost David Moyes his job, it would make sense for the club to follow suit and make a change to ensure that they are competitive next year.
However, Van Gaal’s latest indications reveal that he expects to be back next season, although no official announcement has been made as of yet.
“Of course you can say Manchester United need to be champions — yes, I know, the expectations are like that, but I don’t think that is realistic,” he told reporters, as noted by ESPN FC.
“And I have said I shall be here, that is my opinion, so the board has to decide if it is like that. That is a different way of looking to the situation.”
The Dutch tactician went on to discuss how the media have reported that he has been sacked on numerous occasions this season, but he still remains in the position.
Furthermore, he doesn’t believe that a failure to qualify for the Champions League will have a significant impact on their ability to attract star names this summer, as the appeal of United still makes them an attractive option.
Nevertheless, his immediate focus will be on ending the season in strong fashion, and from his perspective, he will hope that it’s enough to get the United supporters on side and ensure that he is still in a job at Old Trafford this summer.