Louis van Gaal ‘has told close friends that he has no intention of quitting as Manchester United boss’, according to the Daily Mail.
On Tuesday, The Sun and The Guardian both claimed that the Dutchman had offered to quit, but the club has strongly denied that story; the consensus now seems to be that Van Gaal will not walk away.
According to Chris Wheeler in the Daily Mail: ‘The situation remains a volatile one and the prospect of United sacking Van Gaal cannot be ruled out amid a run of poor results and even poorer performances.’
There are strong suggestions elsewhere – particularly in The Guardian – that defeat to Derby on Friday night will finally see Ed Woodward’s patience running out.
Van Gaal’s biographer Maarten Meijer is quoted in the Manchester Evening News as saying: “The British media have suggested one alternative after another as replacement.
“Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola are just some of the names that have been mentioned.
“The most surprising suggestion has been Jose Mourinho.
“This is the man who was fired mid-season, after taking Chelsea to the threshold of the relegation zone.
“Van Gaal and Mourinho are friends, but he is not going to step aside voluntarily for his Portuguese colleague, or for anyone else.”