Louis van Gaal agrees after Claudio Ranieri tells him he’s doing a fantastic job

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Leicester City are now Premier League champions and their last point gained, against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, proved to be significant in the race for the title.

With two matches to spare, Claudio Ranieri’s men have achieved the seemingly impossible. The 5,000-1 rank outsiders have won the English league title for the first time in their 132-year history.

As well as the Premier League trophy, Leicester have also guaranteed themselves Champions League football for next season - which is more than can be said for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.


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The Red Devils sit fifth in the league table, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, albeit with a game in hand.

A top-four finish seems pretty unlikely, but Ranieri still believes Van Gaal is doing a “fantastic job”.

Video: Van Gaal and Ranieri's conversation

The Italian coach, who has won a league title for the first time in his career, was filmed saying to the under-fire Van Gaal after Sunday’s 1-1 draw: “You’re doing a fantastic job”.

The modest Van Gaal then fired back, somewhat amusingly, by saying: “I am”.

We’re not sure how many of the 75,000-strong crowd inside Old Trafford on Sunday would have agreed with the Dutchman but it’s safe to assume it wouldn’t have taken long to count them.

It’s currently unclear whether Van Gaal, 64, will be allowed to see out the final year of his three-year contract.

Van Gaal: I am one of the best managers

The man himself, though, has the utmost confidence in his own ability - despite the intense speculation surrounding his future.

"I'm a coach, a manager who would rather have some authority but every day the players can read it, what do you think about my authority as well? What do you think about the way they want to follow my advice when the coach is shown like a nobody?" Van Gaal said at United's end of season award ceremony, per Sky Sports.

"But I am not like that. I am very arrogant. I am one of the best managers in the world.

"When the media is writing for six months I am sacked already... I can cope with that. It is not new for me. For my players, it is not so easy."

Will Jose Mourinho replace Van Gaal this summer?

There are rumours that Jose Mourinho has agreed a deal with Manchester United, but if Van Gaal secures a top-four finish and wins the FA Cup there’s every chance he’ll still be in charge at Old Trafford next season.

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