Manchester United are ready to stick by Louis van Gaal even if he misses out on Champions League qualification, reports The Express.
Regardless of whether the Red Devils finish in the top four, Van Gaal will have the full backing of the Manchester United board. They will give him £150 million to spend in the summer transfer window to completely overhaul the squad for a second successive year.
Van Gaal is coming under increasing pressure from the Old Trafford faithful. Their latest defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup will leave them without silverware the second season in a row while their place in the top four is looking precarious at best.
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Tough run in
While Manchester United currently sit fourth in the Premier League, they face the toughest run-in out of any of the teams in the race. They face Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in four of their next five games.
They then face Arsenal in the penultimate game of the season with plenty of punters tipping them to be out of contention for the top four by then. But despite these concerns, support for Van Gaal's project in the Old Trafford executive box remains unwavered.
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Champions League football was seen as a minimum target for Van Gaal when he arrived in the summer but it appears club officials are looking at more long-term rebuilding project under the Dutchman – something that was not granted to his predecessor David Moyes.
Van Gaal is expected to overhaul the Manchester United squad this season with as many as ten players waiting to see whether they have a future at the club. A centre-back, a full-back, a midfielder and a striker are all on Van Gaal's shortlist while a new goalkeeper will be needed if David de Gea is sold.
The Spaniard is holding Manchester United to ransom over a new contract and will have just a year left on his current deal in the summer. If he fails to extend, United could be forced to cash in.
There a big question marks over whether Van Gaal can take the club forward. He spent £150m last summer but has failed to improve the fortunes. While last season was a disaster, finishing seventh, anything outside of the top four should be considered unacceptable.
Should Louis van Gaal be trusted with another £150m if he can't get Manchester United back into the Champions League? Give us your thoughts in the comments box below!
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