Van Gaal: I will be here next year

Louis van Gaal is confident he’ll still be at Manchester United next season as he feels the club has made a steady progression since he replaced David Moyes.

The Dutchman’s job at the Red Devils has come under severe scrutiny this season, with many suggesting he might be replaced by Jose Mourinho if the Red Devils fail to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

However, Van Gaal is relaxed about his future, telling reporters after the 1-1 draw with Leicester City that they will see him again in the Old Trafford hotseat next season.

“I knew it would be like this. That’s why they hired me and we spoke about it,” he said.

“We always knew that the process would take three years. I wanted to sign only for two years.

“The club wanted me to sign for three years, not me. I signed for three years – so next year you will see me again.

“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.

“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.

“There is a big difference between what the people in the street think and the media. A big difference. I can only tell you my experiences and I don’t have to defend myself. I am a realistic man and so I only speak about facts.”

The former Netherlands boss, whose record at the club has often been criticized, feels he’s been harshly treated and claimed if the press focused on the ‘facts’ he’d be seen in a different light.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

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