Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is still living in denial about his job being in any threat. The Dutchman has denied that Jose Mourinho is in contact with United to take over as the next manager at Old Trafford.
Mourinho and Van Gaal’s relationship goes long time back when both were involved with Barcelona. Mourinho was Van Gaal’s assistant in the later 1990’s at Camp Nou.
Both have maintained a respectable relationship towards each other even during the time when Mourinho was managing Chelsea in the Premier League opposite to Van Gaal’s United.
“I wouldn’t expect Jose Mourinho to call me about that. No. In the football world that doesn’t happen. Nor will I ring him.” Van Gaal said, as reported by ESPN.
The Dutchman mentioned that he was the chairman of the coaches federation and there was a rule regarding no other manager can speak with a club without informing the present manager.
“But in football it’s not usual that you speak with other managers like that. Sometimes it has been broke by people and by managers. It’s always like that. It’s not always an honest world.” Van Gaal confessed.
Van Gaal’s position as the Manchester United manager is under threat as his side has constantly lacked the cutting edge. The voice for his removal around Old Trafford has been more vocal since United’s 2-1 loss to Sunderland away from home last weekend.
Manchester United are dangerously out of contention for a top-4 finish and the only possibility of securing a place in the Champions League next season is by winning the Europa League.
Looking at the standard of United’s game at the moment, it looks unlikely.
It won’t be surprising if Van Gaal has to make way for Mourinho even before the season ends.
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