Manchester United players are growing increasingly confident that manager Louis van Gaal will keep his job until at least the end of the season, according to reports.
After the decision to sack David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson’s immediate successor, in 2014, the United hierarchy are stubborn to follow suit with the Dutchman.
Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, remains confident in Van Gaal’s ability, report the Manchester Evening News, following the recent victories against Shrewsbury Town, Midtjylland and Arsenal.
Despite trailing the Premier League top four by three points, with fourth-placed Manchester City having a game in hand, United remain hopeful of securing Champions League qualification next summer.
Winning the Europa League would also achieve that feat, Van Gaal’s primary objective, meaning he is likely to remain until that possibility has been extinguished. Old Trafford supporters sung the 64-year-old’s name during the 3-2 home victory against Arsenal.
It represented a U-turn in relations between Van Gaal and the United faithful after booing was heard on a regular basis over the New Year after reports linked former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with the post.
Speaking at a school in Singapore last week, the Portuguese said: “Nobody knows and I am the first one not to know. I read so many different things. Starting next season with a new club and project is probably the best for me.”
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