If things would go his way, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal wanted to finish the remainder of his contract which will expire at the end of the 2016-17 season, according to ESPN FC writer Richard Jolly.
Gaal, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2014 with a goal of steering the Red Devils back to the top of English Premier League and European football, has been on a seat for quite some time as Manchester continues to play below expectations.
Despite the backlash from fans and critics, Gaal remains confident he can guide the most decorated team in EPL back to promise land, insisting that everything is a process.
“I have signed a three-year contract and I have said in all my press conferences that it’s a process, not one game,” Van Gaal told reporters via ESPN FC. “And I want to continue until the end. If I am not willing to do that, I don’t think I would have started here one-and-a-half years ago.”
Manchester has just collected 37 points with 10 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses around his belt in 23 games – which is good for fifth place in the Premier League standings. The Red Devils managed to get only 10 points and just bagged three wins of their last 14 matches.
Again, Van Gaal had something to say about the Red Devils’ poor form as of late.
“When I say things to defend myself then it’s not good,” he said. “Because why do I have to defend myself? When you see the circumstances — we have eight injuries, you cannot say that is the manager’s fault because five or six are contact injuries, and it’s also the same position, full-back.”
“We have been first in the Premier League — you may remember that — but that was one-and-a-half months ago and the injuries are now and that is also a problem. If I could prevent injuries then maybe I’m guilty and I have to stand down but not when I don’t have that feeling and we were No. 1 in the Premier League.”
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