Roy Keane thinks Louis van Gaal deserves a chance to see out the final year of his contract at Manchester United if he wins the FA Cup.
Keane, who won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League medal with United, has been a staunch supporter of Van Gaal and has often blamed United’s under-performing players for their troubles this season.
Keane, 44, has even criticised the fans for a lack of support for Van Gaal and the Irishmen has once again thrown his weight behind the Dutchman’s roller-coaster United reign.
Keane believes United are still in transition following the departure of their most successful manager Alex Ferguson in 2013 and he believes winning the FA Cup would represent a successful season for Van Gaal this time around.
“It was always going to be difficult, even for David Moyes, after Alex Ferguson,” Keane told an ESPN podcast.
“But I think if United can win the cup — it might be difficult to finish fourth — I don’t see why United won’t let him finish out the last year of his contract.
“I think Van Gaal has made it clear he’d like to do that. And I hope he does.
“I don’t like sitting around watching managers suffering and I think if they can win the FA Cup then it might just give him the breathing space to finish the job off next year — and that, when we’re talking about Manchester United, is winning league titles, etc.”