Report: Louis van Gaal could remain Manchester United boss if side secures top four place

Angry Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal's role as Manchester United manager has been the subject of much speculation.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has had his job talked about a lot in the media lately with reports suggesting he could be replaced in the summer by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

However, according to the Daily Mirror, some agents have been enquiring about potential moves to Old Trafford next season are being told that United are committed to the Dutchman if he delivers Champions League football next season.

Van Gaal initially signed a three-year deal when he succeeded David Moyes in the summer of 2014, but pressure mounted during a period of the season where United slumped from top of the league to outside the top four, while the style of football for much of the season has not been easy on the eye.

There have been signs of recovery in recent weeks but United do remain off the pace in fifth place - six points behind their near neighbours Manchester City who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot.

This weekend means it is huge for van Gaal's side to chalk up a win when they travel to relegation threatened Sunderland tomorrow lunchtime, with all of the top four playing each other on Sunday.

The report also states that United have not denied reports they are in discussions with Mourinho over taking over at Old Trafford in the summer, with the Mirror also suggesting the inner details of a three-year contract for the two-time Champions League winner has been revealed, though doubts about Mourinho's suitability remain.

It would seem that delivering a Champions League place for the club is the absolute minimum requirement, and United do have two opportunities to win a trophy between now and the end of the season as they remain in the FA Cup - with a trip to Shrewsbury Town in the fifth round - and they dropped down to the Europa League after a poor campaign in their Champions League group.

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