It really is anyone’s guess who will be in the hotseat for Manchester United come August.
Call it secrecy or plain chaos the messages and rumours coming out of Old Trafford on the subject have been very mixed.
Some believe that if Manchester United get into the top four and win the FA Cup that LvG will get to see out his contract. But the man himself has given his own opinion on the matter.
The Sun quotes him as saying:
“Of course I knew how hard this job would be. That is why they hired me and we have spoken about that.
“Also, we have a process of three years. I wanted to sign for two years, they wanted three years – not me. I signed for three years, so next year you see me again.”
He goes on to state that Manchester United were top of the league before injuries struck the squad and, in general, he seems to have resolved to keep going after ostensibly being ready to walk away earlier this season.
The concern at The Football Freak is that standards are falling at the club and the board is overlooking that fact.
Had you suggested that LvG or any manager would keep their job at Old Trafford having recorded 4th and 5th placed finishes (the likely outcome this season) having spent a quarter of a billion GBP, you would have been laughed at two years ago.
But there appears to be a real possibility that Jose Mourinho will once more be overlooked and that the badly aged tactics of Louis van Gaal will still be on show next season.
The truth is that Manchester United are struggling under the Dutchman. He hasn’t been the alchemist that United fans had hoped for and that happens in football. But it’s time to move on to the next great era with Jose at the helm.
With a club the size of Manchester United there is always a temptation to assume that the board are doing the right thing and that there is nothing to worry about.
But the board haven’t done the right thing in keeping LvG this long and, if they let Mourinho go to another club, they will be making their biggest mistake yet – and possibly a fatal one.