Manchester: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is confident his players are with him and that he is backed by the board — but has no doubt if results do not improve it could mean “the end of the world” for him.

United, winless in their last five games in all competitions and beaten in their last two, are out of the Champions League and fourth in the English Premier League, six points behind leaders Leicester.

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal

Their playing style under Van Gaal has been widely criticised and reports have suggested there has been player unrest in the camp. The Dutchman has dismissed such talk, stressing his belief the squad are behind him, as well as the club's hierarchy.

But, as he acknowledged in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking at Chelsea that no manager's job is safe, Van Gaal also made it clear he knows his own position could come under threat should United not start doing what he has emphasised they must — quickly start putting more points on the board.

Asked ahead of today’s home league clash with Norwich about the relationship between him and his players, Van Gaal said: "It’s fine. I’ve said that already more than once, but I have seen articles that it’s not like that. It is a little bit crazy. I have the full confidence of my board and my players I feel.

"But we have to get results. We have to win, and we know that. There is not any doubt. We have to win because when you lose too much, also for me it's the end of the world."

Van Gaal also expressed shock at Mourinho’s sacking. The Dutchman said, "It was a big surprise to me. He is a fantastic manager with a record that nobody has in this football world, but it is still possible. The main thing is always, of course, first the results, and second, the chemistry between the players and the manager and staff."