Louis van Gaal looks likely to keep hold of his job at Manchester United until the end of the season - because Jose Mourinho refuses to take over before then.
The Special One has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford to replace the Dutch coach, who has endured an underwhelming second season in England.
The Red Devils are currently six points adrift of the top four race with 12 games remaining while they were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages.
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Speculation has been rife that Van Gaal could quit after overseeing the worst run of December results in the club's history, but despite winning just one of their last four Premier League games and falling to defeat against relegation-threatened Sunderland in their last league outing, it seems as though the former Barcelona coach will still survive the season.
That's reportedly because Mourinho is unwilling to step in midway through the campaign. The Mirror are claiming that the former Chelsea boss is keen to start with a clean slate in the summer, and assess his position then, rather than jumping straight in and helping the club reach the top four.
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One issue for Manchester United is that Van Gaal would reportedly be due £10 million in compensation should he be sacked while reaching the Champions League is still mathematically possible.
The Mirror add that a £15 million, three-year contract awaits Mourinho at Old Trafford, despite reports elsewhere that there're reservations over his arrival amongst Manchester United's board members.
One reporter at the Manchester Evening News even went as far to claim yesterday that Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't want to see the former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss appointed, with Ryan Giggs his preferred choice.
The former Welsh winger, who took charge of the Red Devils for the final games of the 2013/14 season after David Moyes had been sacked, is currently Van Gaal's assistant and is considered the main alternative to Mourinho.
A loss for Manchester United in their weekend showdown against Arsenal could still spell the end for Van Gaal. It could leave his team nine points adrift of the Champions League race with 11 games to go should Manchester City beat Newcastle.
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