Louis van Gaal in line for significant payoff if Manchester United sack him

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal would earn £5m if he’s sacked by the club before his contract runs out at the end of next season.

The Dutch tactician has experienced a rocky year at the Old Trafford helm, as he continues to fight for a top-four finish as well as the FA Cup where United will face Crystal Palace in the final later this month.

With question marks over his future regularly emerging, The Times have revealed that a £5m payoff would be owed to him if he’s sacked by the Red Devils and doesn’t take a new job before the end of next season.

The newspaper goes on to reveal that Van Gaal is on an £8m salary, but only £3.3m of that is guaranteed basic pay as the rest is made up of bonuses and clauses.

In turn, whether or not the idea of having to pay the Dutchman alongside a new coach, if they were to make a change, is putting United off is unclear.

While a club of their stature would undoubtedly have the finances to do so if they felt as though a managerial change was necessary, it is far from an ideal scenario.

As noted by The Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho isn’t prepared to wait another year to land the job at Old Trafford, and so United could be forced into a difficult decision over whether or not they should keep their faith in Van Gaal for one more season.

With a manager of Mourinho’s ilk available, it would seem a risky choice to make to allow him to go on and take another job, but recent indications, as reported by The Mail, suggest that Van Gaal will indeed stay in Manchester for the remainder of his deal.

It remains to be seen what happens moving forward, but what is clear is that United will have to come out and reveal their plans sooner rather than later as the uncertainty heading into the summer will help no one.

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