Louis van Gaal is sure he will hang onto his job — if Manchester United finish in the top four.United have held discussions with Jose Mourinho, and the Special One believes his taking charge at Old Trafford is a done deal.
But Van Gaal still thinks that if he can guide his Reds to a Champions League place, the club's top brass will keep him for the third and final year of his contract. The omens do not look good for the Dutchman though, as United have pointedly not denied negotiating with former Chelsea boss Mourinho.
United are also six points behind Manchester City, who are currently in the fourth and final Champions League place, so it would still need a big turnaround in domestic results - or winning the Europe League, which also secures a spot in UEFA's No 1 club competition. Supercut of the story so far as Jose Mourinho is relentlessly linked with Manchester United.
Louis Van Gaal
But Mirror Sport can reveal some agents enquiring about future moves for next season are still being told that United remain committed to Van Gaal - as long as he delivers a top four finish . The 64-year-old has become increasingly frustrated at the doubts over his future and is likely to be incensed by the growing belief that Mourinho will take charge.
But Van Gaal, who retains a strong relationship with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, is fully aware of the ground rules and expectations. Louis van Gaal rages at journalists and tells one he'll be getting sacked.
Mirror Sport also revealed last month that he will consider his future and could walk away this summer before the final year of his contract.
But there is also an increasing sense that Van Gaal is determined to prove his point and has not given up on finishing in the top four.He guided the club into the Champions League in his debut campaign last season, but they went out at the group stage and were relegated into the lesser-regarded Europa League.Flashback — Wolfsburg knock Man United out of the Champions League.
But despite their European disappointment, Van Gaal has not given up on the top four - and is not resigned to losing his job to Mourinho. Ex-Real Madrid boss Mourinho is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Van Gaal if he does go, and we revealed yesterday that the Portuguese has even discussed the finer details of a three-year contract and his transfer strategy.
Mourinho believes it his destiny to take over at Old Trafford.He desperately wants the job and is determined to hold out for the opportunity.
But doubts remain in some quarters at Old Trafford about his suitability and also the knock-on effect it would have on Van Gaal No 2 Ryan Giggs, as Mourinho's arrival could signal the end for the United legend.Who'll be Manchester United manager when next season starts, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho or someone else?