Manchester United could let Van Gaal stay if he gets top four

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Manchester United could opt to keep Louis van Gaal in charge next season - if he can deliver the club into the top four.

Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with taking over at Old Trafford in the summer after a difficult season for the Red Devils and Van Gaal. Some reports have gone as far as to suggest that the deal is done and that the Special One has already begun eyeing up potential transfer targets.

Manchester United currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League, six points behind cross-city rivals Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.

Van Gaal will still have one year remaining on his contract come the end of the season, and there's still a chance he will be in charge next term.

The Mirror are reporting that sources within Manchester United are telling agents making enquiries ahead of next season that the club remain committed to Louis van Gaal, and if he delivers Champions League football he could keep his job.

Pointedly however, when executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward addressed the press yesterday, he made no mention of Van Gaal's future - although that's because not one investor in Manchester United questioned Ed Woodward on his position during a conference call.

Van Gaal has previously hit out at media speculation over his future. It's been reported that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has offered to resign from his job on numerous occasions.

Media battle

He accused the press of 'inventing' the Mourinho story, adding after Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea last weekend: "For the third game in succession, our football was sparkling. So I hope to get the support of the media this week. But you write what you like." 

Coming up for the Red Devils is a key run of fixtures that could determine their future amongst Europe's elite next season as well as Van Gaal's position.

They take on lowly Sunderland this weekend at the Stadium of Light this weekend, before Premier League games against Arsenal, Watford and West Brom - but only after they've taken on Midtjylland in the Europa League and Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

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