Ed Woodward did not discuss Louis van Gaal at London meeting

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Working by one's self at one of the world's biggest sports websites on a quiet Tuesday evening, you can imagine my dismay when Twitter started to stir about a potentially massive story coming out of Manchester United.

According to some over-eager bloggers with more followers than brain cells, Ed Woodward had used a meeting with high-level Old Trafford executives to discuss Louis van Gaal's future. Apparently, they decided to terminate his contract.

There were so many people tweeting it, including BBC Sport pundit Trevor Sinclair, that it seemed inevitable that one of the country's reliable journalists would confirm it. However, the truth has, as always, prevailed.


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Not only have the Manchester Evening News chose to ignore the ongoing rumours, they have reported that Woodward did not even discuss Van Gaal at today's meeting. Instead, the Mayfair rendezvous was arranged purely to discuss commercial matters and possibly congratulate each other on sealing an official supplier for branded toothpicks.

If true, it would put to bed any suggestion that the Dutch coach will be heading to the job centre and not Carrington tomorrow morning. It looks as though he will remain in charge for at least a little while longer.

Fight of his life

However, there is no doubt that Van Gaal is facing a fight to save his position at Manchester United and that the large shadow of Jose Mourinho is hanging over him. The Red Devils have won just four of their last 15 games, crashing out of the Champions League in the process.

Meanwhile, Mourinho's agency has confirmed he is ready to return to action immediately following his departure from Chelsea. Many fans are convinced Mourinho's arrival at Old Trafford is inevitable while others have pointed towards Ryan Giggs as a potential successor.

Twitter reaction

Anyway, let's cap some of the best of tonight's Twitter action. Sinclair has already pulled an 'Ian Botham', tweeting something outrageous before claiming he was hacked. Sure you were, Trevor. Sure you were.

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