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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal rubbishes Jose Mourinho links

812   //    07 Feb 2016, 19:23 IST
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Will the apprentice replace the master?

Louis Van Gaal has been under a lot of criticism this season after Manchester United have not lived up to their high standards this season. This has led to speculation that Jose Mourinho will be replacing him in the summer with some reports even claiming, he has already agreed a deal with the club.

But Van Gaal has himself has said that those rumours are false labelling them “nonsense”.  “I do not believe that there is already a relationship between Jose Mourinho and Manchester United”, he said. Louis Van Gaal had some pressure lifted off his shoulders after their 3-0 win over Stoke city in midweek.

The going has been tough for Van Gaal in recent times but his team are still within five points of the top four. “The last two months have been very difficult for my wife, my kids my grandchildren and my friends to cope with” he stated “For me too, but I can cope. In the Netherlands, they know I am too arrogant to doubt myself, but I also know that such a nonsense is being created about me.” added the Dutchman

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a run of poor results ended their title challenge prematurely. Since then he has been out of a job and is eager to get back in the game. In a recent interview with GQ he said “To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football," he said. "I think it's my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000. I stopped when I left Chelsea in 2007, for a few months, and now is the second time I stop in 15 or 16 years, so it is not a drama. But for sure, I will be back soon.” 

United face Chelsea in crucial clash at Stanford Bridge

Manchester United travel to London to face Chelsea today in a mouth-watering encounter. Both sides have underachieved this season with Chelsea aiming for at least a top half finish and United chasing the Champions league places.

Both teams can use this game as a springboard to their season in their search for consistency. Chelsea are unbeaten since Guus Hiddink took charge but have only managed two wins in that run. Manchester United, on the other hand, will look to win back to back matches in the league for the first time since November.

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