Van Gaal “worried” about Man Utd future

Louis van Gaal admits he is "worried" about his future as Manchester United manager after his side lost 2-1 to Premier League strugglers Norwich City – their third-succesive loss.

On Friday, Van Gaal insisted he was not feeling the pressure at Old Trafford, despite a horror week which had seen the Red Devils fail to make it out of the Champions League group stages and then beaten at newly promoted Bournemouth.

Goals from Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey condemned United to a second defeat against Premier League newcomers, and when Van Gaal – who supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated with – was asked whether he feared for his job, he replied: "Yes of course I am worried about that because I know that belief in a manager is very important.

Furthermore, when asked whether he thought he would be given a chance to turn things around, he responded: "Yes I think so but I never know, in this world, you never know. It is not up to me, but we shall see."

Chelsea's decision to sack Jose Mourinho appears to have only increased pressure on Van Gaal, with the 'Special One' understood to harbour a long-term ambition to manage at Old Trafford.

Likewise, Pep Guardiola's expected announcement that he is to leave Bayern Munich in the summer has led to calls from supporters for the United board to appoint the Spaniard.

"That's the football world. I know that, my board knows that, my players know that," the 64-year-old added when asked if the pressure was building on him.

"I don't think a change of management shall bring direct success – but that is what I believe. Maybe that is not so interesting.

"I am always evaluating myself because I think that is an aspect of the philosophy I have. But the philosophy is also making an evolution – I am not the same coach I was 25 years ago.

"So, you are always evaluating and of course that philosophy is very important for me. Because of that I am – or maybe I have to say now, was – a very successful manager."

Saturday's defeat saw United drop out of the Premier League's top four, with Tottenham moving into the Champions League qualification spots, while they are now nine points behind leaders Leicester City.