Man United extended their winless run to eight games without a win in all competitions against Chelsea but their performance was much better at Old Trafford.
There have been numerous calls for van Gaal to be sacked but the display against Chelsea may temper the scrutiny for now. The Dutchman believes he has the backing of the board and his players.
“For me, it [his future] is not an interesting subject because I cannot have any influence on that, I can only work with my players and you can see they are fighting for me,” van Gaal said.
“Even after this result the fans were applauding so I cannot say I’m very much concerned. In this football world you never know, but I’m fully confident in the board and my players.”
While they were much better against Chelsea, the fact is that an eight game winless stretch is unacceptable at a club of United’s stature.
Van Gaal will be fully aware of this and he cannot have any complaints if United do decide to let him go in the coming days, particularly as Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready and willing to take the reigns at Old Trafford.