Sky Sports News presenter Hayley McQueen understands that Manchester United are planning to head into next season with Louis van Gaal still as manager of the club.
Van Gaal has come under pressure at Man United over the course of the campaign following some awful performances and results and widespread reports suggested that Jose Mourinho was set to replace the Dutchman at Old Trafford in the summer.
There are even claims that Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement with United and that he is working on transfer targets ahead of the switch. However, McQueen says the club are content to keep van Gaal in charge.
“If some of the papers are to be believed this deal with Jose Mourinho is already done and dusted.” McQueen said.
“I worked at the end of the season awards actually and having good relationships with people at the club, my understanding is that they’re all set for van Gaal to take charge of the team next season. He’s even had a massive hand in the pre-season.
“Ed Woodward and the guys sat down and mapped out the whole pre-season plan – where they would train, where they would travel to – and Louis van Gaal has come in and actually changed a lot of what they’re doing and planning. So obviously they have him in mind.
“He has a very good relationship with Ed Woodward and I think that’s why he’s been in the job as long as he has. I think he is fairly confident himself of winning the FA Cup and of his own future.”
Hayley presents on MUTV on occasions having previously been a full-time presenter and will more than likely be involved in the end of year Player Awards ceremony on Monday. As well as that, her father Gordon played for the club for seven years between 1978-85, so people have certainly taken notice of what she has to say.
Van Gaal has reached the FA Cup final with United and he has his side within touching distance of a top four finish in the Premier League.
United may well end the season successfully but it is hard to look past the abysmal results that van Gaal has overseen. Defeats against Bournemouth, Norwich City and Stoke City over the Christmas period were arguably even more demoralising than similar results during David Moyes’ reign and they were inexcusable considering the amount of money United have spent in recent years.
Van Gaal has an endearing character and his handling of young players has been exemplary but there are severe doubts over whether he is the right man to lead the club forward.