Pressure may force Van Gaal to quit – report

Date published: Wednesday 20th January 2016 8:58 - Ian Watson

Louis van Gaal is reportedly considering quitting Manchester United at the end of this season – a year before the end of his contract.

The Dutchman’s position has come under heavy scrutiny over recent months, with United slipping out of the top four and exiting the Champions League at the group stage.

His side’s playing style has also received widespread criticism, leading to suggestions around Christmas that Van Gaal’s time was up.

Wins over Liverpool and Swansea have eased the pressure slightly, but the Daily Mirror are reporting that those close to Van Gaal have become worried about the manager. The claims first emerged in Red Issue on Sunday.

David McDonnell’s Mirror story says: “Sources in Holland claim the Dutchman’s family have become increasingly concerned at the heavy toll leading the Old Trafford giants is taking on the 64-year-old.

Van Gaal raised the prospect of walking away when it seemed likely that he could be sacked following the 2-0 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day, but officials at United have so far stood by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.

Sould Van Gaal choose to leave in the summer, his exit could pave the way for Jose Mourinho, who is said to be willing to wait for the United role. The Mirror says Ryan Giggs is unlikely to be handed the top job, despite Van Gaal himself suggesting earlier this season that the Welshman should be the man to succeed him.

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