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Mourinho would be the perfect replacement for Van Gaal.

Manchester United must succeed in the summer to launch Premier League challenge

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Regardless of whether or not Louis van Gaal stays at Old Trafford, Manchester United are facing the biggest summer in their entire history.

The Red Devils have endured a nightmare campaign under the Dutchman, leading to many rumours about whether or not the former Bayern Munich and Ajax manager will still be at the club come the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho has been linked with the job despite being overlooked when Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and senior figures such as Ed Woodward and the Glazer family must make the right decisions if the club are to ever return to the summit of English football.

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Managerial decision

Van Gaal succeeded David Moyes two years ago with his impressive CV making him the outstanding choice for the job, but despite leading them back to the Champions League the Dutchman has struggled to coax the best from his current crop of players.

Anthony Martial and Daley Blind have been rare success stories, but marquee names Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger have all failed in England with Di Maria now enjoying far more success with French side Paris Saint-Germain.

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There remains no guarantee that Van Gaal will stay to see out of the remainder of his contract, and United must get their next managerial appointment right if they to stop the rut.

Laurent Blanc and Ryan Giggs have both been touted as potential successors, but Mourinho would be the outstanding candidate given the trophies he has won throughout his decorated career to date.

Player changes

Whoever is at the club next season must hit the ground running in the transfer market, particularly with Pep Guardiola set to target the world’s best players when he succeeds Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City at the end of the season.

Paul Scholes has named Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba as the three superstars the club should target, whilst the club have also been linked with Neymar, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent months.

Though Moyes and Van Gaal have splashed around £300million between them, the club are yet to find a successor to Wayne Rooney as talisman and landing a big name would be the only way to ensure they find their form once again.

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Key summer

It looks like United will be forced to axe Van Gaal at the end of the season regardless of whether or not the club can win the FA Cup or make the top four.

A key summer awaits, and United must make all the right decisions both on and off the field if they are to stop their descent down the pecking order of the Premier League.

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