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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he will not resign

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Louis van Gaal was defiant in his assertion he will not give up at Manchester United following their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Monday. 

The Dutchman's reign at Old Trafford had reached breaking point before the stalemate with the struggling Premier League champions with Van Gaal even hinting he could resign from his post after the 2-0 defeat at Stoke City on Boxing Day.

However, following a marked improvement in their performance against Guus Hiddink's side, the 64-year-old insisted he would not walk away as long as the players continued to fight for him.

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Despite extending Manchester United's winless run to eight games in all competitions and falling further behind league leaders Arsenal, the display against Chelsea was, arguably, their most attacking of the season.

The Red Devils signalled their intent in the opening minutes as Juan Mata rattled the crossbar but failed to make the telling breakthrough against a side who shut up shop from the first whistle.

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And following the game, Van Gaal declared everyone at the club was fighting for a united aim. Although, he stopped short of saying he will remain in the job. 

As per the Mail, the former Bayern Munich manager said: "Will I resign? On the contrary. When the players can give such a performance with a lot of pressure, there is not any reason to resign.

"Inside the club, the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager."

"I have taken that decision already two or three times (in my career). But I have said that when the players are fighting for me, I always stay because that is the most important thing and you have seen that today.

"Inside the club, the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and the manager."

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Asked if he would remain in his position, Van Gaal continued: "I cannot say that. I know there are circumstances that the board has to decide to sack the manager."

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In truth, it was a dour evening at Old Trafford that failed to produce any moments of real quality. It was clear to see both teams were low on confidence and the encounter seemed more like a mid-table battle than a clash between Premier League giants.

The draw may have bought Van Gaal more time, but it would come as no surprise to see the Dutchman given his marching orders before the Red Devils' FA Cup third round clash with Sheffield United.

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