Van Gaal describes himself as "disappointed" and "very unlucky"
A very frustrated and disappointed Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has finally admitted that both he and the club management aren’t happy with their current results. Although the team is showing no signs of consistency in form, the manager still refuses to believe that he is going to be replaced.
The Dutchman has told the reporters, “Of course, the Glazers are disappointed. Ed Woodward is disappointed and I am also disappointed because we are now further away from the top.” He also described the string of injuries suffered by his boys as “very unlucky”.
Amidst various reports of the United management having approached Jose Mourinho, Van Gaal admitted that he believes the club would be right to start talking to other coaches if they were looking for a change. He added, “I don't know if Manchester United have spoken with Mourinho or not. I can only say that I have spoken with Ed Woodward and I cannot imagine that they have spoken with each other. I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that. But I think that, if they want to change, they have to prepare themselves. That is also a professional attitude, in my opinion.”
Rumours involving Jose Mourinho have been flying around ever since he was sacked from the managerial position at Chelsea. Very recently there have been some unconfirmed reports of Mourinho telling his close friends about his appointment as United manager at the end of the season.
An irate Van Gaal blamed former United player Paul Scholes for his current situation. He has reportedly claimed that the campaign against him started right after Scholes began influencing a section of Manchester United fans. He has also blamed the former footballer for creating a negative working atmosphere for him.
If Manchester United’s form does not improve dramatically then it is almost certain that the Dutch coach will be replaced before the next season starts. Being well aware of the fact, he has already started talking about his legacy. “I hope people will look back in the future and talk of the young players as my legacy, but you can never tell.” He also added, “the next manager would also have to show the confidence in the younger players. So I cannot judge. If United, after I retire, hire a manager who does not give the benefit of the doubt to youngsters, it shall be very difficult.”