The manager of Manchester United has been reflecting ahead of a vital encounter against Tottenham Hotspur.
In comments published by Goal.com, the former Netherlands head coach revealed the one thing that would make him leave Old Trafford of his own accord – losing the faith of his players.
United have struggled at times this season and they recently crashed out of the FA Cup to current holders Arsenal. But they remain in the top four and know they are closing in on a return to the Champions League.
“When I think the chemistry between the players and the manager is not good enough anymore, then I go,” van Gaal said.
United are very much in a transition period, with their summer signings having varying degrees of success since arriving at the club.
The likes of Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera have impressed but loan signing Radamel Falcao has failed to live up to his sizeable reputation and club-record arrival Angel Di Maria has faltered after a great start.
That said, van Gaal will know such projects take time, and he is likely to have the United players’ support for some time to come.