Louis Van Gaal has admitted he’d be “disappointed” if he found out Manchester United’s directors have held talks with out of work Jose Mourinho behind his back.
The current United boss, 64, is contracted to be in charge at Old Trafford until the end of next season.
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However, amid mounting speculation that Mourinho is being lined up to replace him and with United currently sitting six points off the top four with 13 games to go, many expect LVG to be let go this summer.
Asked by the media if he’d be upset if he found out executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and other United directors had been holding talks with Mourinho behind his back, LVG had this to say.
“Then I’d be disappointed,” Van Gaal said. “In a football world that is possible, I know, but I do not think that. I have a relationship with Ed and the Glazers, they tell me, I think.”
Following United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea last Sunday LVG snapped at a journalist for asking about his future and the fact that the club hasn’t made any comment about the Mourinho rumors or publicly backed their current boss with any statements. Van Gaal insists he’s fine with the club policy of not commenting on speculation but you do sense a growing realization from the Dutchman that Mourinho’s shadow is lurking ominously over Old Trafford.
A top four finish for United and winning either the FA Cup or the UEFA Europa League this season seems like the only thing that can save Van Gaal beyond the summer.
He will be given until the end of this season to prove his worth to United but after 18 months of erratic results, an early UEFA Champions League exit this season and spending over $375 million on new players, time is running out. He knows it, but he is also correct to be “disappointed” if Mourinho is holding talks with United right now.
Doing things the right way has always been paramount to United and even though it would be smart to already have a successor lined up for Van Gaal should they fire him, it would also be incredibly disrespectful for one of the most successful coaches in Europe.