LVG still planning 2017 retirement

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he is unlikely to go back on his promise to retire in 2017, stating a U-turn on that decision would be "very hard" on his wife.

The Dutchman took over at Old Trafford at the beginning of last season and led the Red Devils straight back into the Champions League, with the side having struggled the year before following the arrival of David Moyes.

However, Van Gaal stated right from the beginning he would likely undertake only three years at the helm, before reiterating that stance during their off-season tour in July, and the coach has once again underlined his intentions to honour the commitment he made to his significant other.

"Normally I shall leave after next year but what is normal in our football world? You never know so I cannot answer that question," the United manager said.

"But I promised my wife to go with her to our paradise (their villa in Portugal in 2017) so it shall be very hard for me to deny that promise.

"Next year I am 65 and say I stay a year longer, it shall be very hard to my wife."