Embattled Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal offered to resign from his post after the dismal home loss to Southampton according to new reports. However, Ed Woodward the executive vice chairman of United convinced Van Gaal to discuss his future with his family.
Having returned to the Netherlands on Sunday for a short holiday, the Dutchman will hold fresh talks with Woodward on Tuesday when he is expected to return for first team training.
At the meeting, the main topic of discussion is rumoured to be the way forward for United although it is still possible Van Gaal might insist it is in the best interests of the club if he leaves.
The stern Dutch manager was not for the first time facing an open revolt from the stands of Old Trafford with boos accompanying him off the field as he disconsolately trudged off the pitch following the 0-1 loss to Southampton.
Ed Woodward is solely responsible for Van Gaal’s future
Van Gaal who has often cited fans’ backing as a prime factor in his hunger for the job has become increasingly disenchanted with his turbulent tenure at Old Trafford. United’s manager admitted publicly for the first time on Saturday that he had failed the United supporters and it was followed by his offer to resign to Woodward.
Woodward who wanted time to asses the situation following the loss is reluctant to replace the manager at the middle of the season and would much rather wait until the summer to make this mammoth decision. However, should United lose in the FA cup on Friday, the two may come to an agreement that the manager should walk away.
Ed Woodward who is solely responsible for Van Gaal’s future and who will manage United supposedly enjoys the full confidence of Joe Glazer, the joint-chairman, and the American family will back Woodward whatever he decides.
The Dutchman has not shied from walking away from the job when he feels things are not going according to plan. Similar instances in Barcelona and Alkmaar show that Van Gaal may yet very well resign on his own. If Van Gaal is sacked, or indeed walks away, Woodward will have plenty to ponder over who replaces him.
Jose Mourinho remains the prime candidate to take over with rumours saying he even penned a 6 page letter to convince the United hierarchy he is the right man for the job. With Pep Guardiola expected to take over at the blue side of Manchester, United might even consider Ryan Giggs to take over although it might most likely be on an interim basis.