A report has suggested what will happen if Manchester United do not secure Champions League football.
United’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals means the club will go two seasons without a trophy, but the report claims the Old Trafford hierarchy have invested too much in van Gaal’s reign to part with him after a single season.
As well as more than £100million on new players last summer, the club also installed new pitches at the club’s training centre, reportedly at the behest of their new boss.
As a result, it is being claimed that the United boss has at least another 12 months to get things right on the pitch to ensure a return to Europe’s elite competition.
The story states that if United do not qualify for the Champions League next season, van Gaal will have been deemed to have had sufficient time, but that is a potential issue for another day, and perhaps not at all.
After all, United are still in a good position to finish in the top four this season, but they must navigate some tough matches against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the weeks ahead.