Ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea on 17 December, he seemed destined to take over at Manchester United.
In fact, some people thought that the Portuguese boss would be in the dugout at Old Trafford for their clash against Chelsea just 11 days after his dismissal from Stamford Bridge.
However, Van Gaal, who was even under pressure back then has managed to hold onto his job at United and is still trying to fend off Mourinho from taking his role.
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The beleaguered Dutchman was on the brink of salvaging his campaign but narrowly fell short of achieving a top-four finish by missing out on goal difference.
But Van Gaal could still end the season with a trophy as he leads his United side into the FA Cup final to face Crystal Palace this weekend.
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Despite managing two underwhelming campaigns, Van Gaal has a good relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that he will be sacked.
But, speculation that Mourinho will soon be replacing Van Gaal is growing stronger and now it seems that the club have conjured a plan to have both of them next season.
That’s because The Sun are reporting that Van Gaal is set to be offered a director of football role at the Theatre of Dreams, paving the way for Mourinho to become the new manager.
Van Gaal’s contract at the club expires at the next of the season and, if United sack him the summer, they will have to pay him for the remainder of his deal. However, if they offer him a role upstairs, they wouldn’t have to offer any compensation and they would still get Mourinho - the best of both worlds.
It’s unclear whether Van Gaal, or, in fact, Mourinho would be happy with these arrangements but it seems feasible.
The pair are reportedly good friends and have worked together previously at Barcelona.
United fans may want to see Van Gaal leave the club for good but they probably won't complain with another year of him, as long as he's upstairs and away from the technical area
But, while his management of the team hasn’t been too convincing, there can be no denying Van Gaal’s experience. Having managed Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands, Van Gaal may be able to offer Mourinho some valuable advice from upstairs.