Manchester United set for crunch talks with Louis van Gaal over his future

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United are set to have talks with Louis van Gaal over his future in order to gain further clarity on the situation.

Manchester Evening News reports that Man United want to find out van Gaal’s plans following the end of the 2016/17 season as that is when his contract expires.

With Pep Guardiola rumours starting to surface following suggestions he will leave Bayern Munich this summer, questions are being asked as to whether van Gaal’s future is secure at United beyond this year.

If you’d asked me two months ago about van Gaal’s future, I would have said it was entirely secure. We had a strong couple of transfer windows and we were working towards becoming a gelled team in both attack and defence.

Yet, heading into the busy festive period, there is a simmering discontent among fans. We’ve been working towards the ultimate goal of fluid, attacking football but have stagnated severely over the last ten games. Instead of adapting and changing, we’ve repeated mistakes and performances to the point where a 0-0 draw is now expected.

That does not mean van Gaal’s immediate future is under threat but if we crash out of the Champions League on Tuesday, there is likely to be a massive backlash among fans and in the press as to what van Gaal is working towards.

No manager has guarantees in football any more, that’s the nature of the beast, and it wouldn’t surprise me if United do sit down with van Gaal to discuss his future but the content of those talks will very much depend on our result in Germany.

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