Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is very confident he’ll retain his job next season as he’s got the backing of Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward and the Glazer family – regardless of what happens in the final weeks of the season, Mirror reports.
Van Gaal has reportedly been given private assurances by Woodward about his future despite Jose Mourinho’s charm offensive to replace him.
“Every week for six months I have been sacked – and yet I am still here. But this has happened to me at every club I have been at,” Van Gaal said.
“I am doing the same job at United that I was hired to do at every club.
“People should assess the squad that I took over and make a comparison to the players we have now in terms of age.”
The Dutchman then defends his performance at the club, blaming their modest standing on the ravages of injuries.
“The fact is that we finished fourth last year. At the moment we are fifth, but we are still able to finish third. On May 15 we will know for sure.
“The fact is that we are in the FA Cup Final. The fact is that we were in the Champions League. We didn’t do that last year.
“The fact is that we went further in the Capital One Cup. So there are a lot of pluses. Yes, we are in fifth and we are fighting for the one position that is the most important.
“We also have the best home record in the league, but we are one of the lousiest away teams of the top clubs and that is something we need to improve.”
Van Gaal added: “I have respect for the results of Leicester City, but I can only speak about facts.
“And the fact is that before our injuries we were first in the league.
“You cannot deny that. That is a fact. After that – and especially in December when all my full-backs were injured – I had a problem that I could not solve.
“Now again we are in a good run of form because we don’t have injuries.”
United host Leicester City in the eagerly anticipated, potential title-decider on Sunday.
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