Van Gaal is under pressure at United.

Louis van Gaal is wanted by the Dutch FA

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The speculation surrounding Louis van Gaal’s future at Manchester United seems to have been going on forever.

In truth, it was December that rumours began linking former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to the job at Old Trafford, replacing Van Gaal.

But the beleaguered boss is still hanging onto his role and could even salvage the season for the Red Devils.


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Van Gaal’s side sit just one point off Manchester City in fourth, while they are just one match away from an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

It’s still unconfirmed if the 64-year-old will be leaving the club at the end of the season, with Van Gaal’s contract not expiring until the end of next season.

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However, it would be considered a surprise if the Dutchman is in the Old Trafford dugout at the start of next campaign.

Despite a fairly disappointing two seasons in charge of Manchester United, Van Gaal still has an impressive CV and there will be plenty of jobs available to him if he does leave.

Dutch duty

In fact, according to reports from the Telegraph and the Independent, there is already a job lined up for him when he does eventually leave the Theatre of Dreams.

The reports state that the Dutch FA are pursuing Van Gaal in the hope that he becomes the new technical director of Netherlands’ revamped centre of excellence.

Netherlands v Czech Republic - UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier

Netherlands’ national side has suffered in recent years and they failed to qualify for the Euro 2016, despite the competition being expanded to 24 teams.

Therefore, they have attempted to restructure their Zeist Campus as they look for renewed success and they want Van Gaal to spearhead this.

Previous spells

Van Gaal is certainly no stranger to the set-up of his national team having been in charge of Oranje in two different spells.

His first time taking control of Netherlands wasn’t a particularly successful one, lasting two years.

Ireland players

Van Gaal failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup after being beaten by Ireland - meaning it was the first time since 1986 that the nation have failed to qualify for a World Cup.

However, another two-year spell from 2012 - 2014 went a lot better for Van Gaal.

He led the Netherlands to the 2014 World Cup by winning nine of their ten qualifying matches.

During the tournament in Brazil, Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1, beat Australia 3-2 and brushed aside Chile 2-0 in the group stage.

Brazil v Netherlands: 3rd Place Playoff - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

They were eventually knocked out in the semi-finals by Argentina on penalties after beating Mexico and Costa Rica in the earlier knockout rounds.

But Van Gaal’s side beat Brazil 3-0 in the third place play-off and his impressive managerial skills during the tournament earned him the Manchester United job.

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