Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal didn’t offer his resignation over the weekend, according to Sky Sports sources.
It is contrary to earlier reports that the Dutchman did offer to walk away from Old Trafford, as the club slipped to their sixth league defeat of the season with the 1-0 home loss to Southampton on Saturday.
Several newspapers suggested that the 64-year-old made the offer, but Sky Sports reporter James Cooper has dismissed the reports and denied that Van Gaal will end his tenure in Manchester in the next 24 hours.
The former Ajax boss returned to the Netherlands on Sunday to celebrate his daughter’s birthday, but is expected to return to Carrington to take training on Tuesday ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with Derby County on Friday night.
In his absence, club chief executive Ed Woodward held talks with a number of senior players in the squad to assess the situation and identify where they believe things have gone wrong this season.
In turn, it remains to be seen how long the faith in Van Gaal lasts for, as United have now slipped 10 points behind league leaders Leicester City, and five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Meanwhile, the Premier League giants have already crashed out of Europe’s premier competition this season, and coupled with Van Gaal’s style of play and the lack of goals that the side has been scoring, it has led to fierce criticism from former players, pundits and supporters alike.
The Dutch tactician appeared to turn the corner earlier this month as results improved, including a win at Anfield over bitter rivals Liverpool, but he is back in the firing line as his side continue to suffer with a lack of consistency.