Manchester United have three matches of the 2015-16 campaign remaining, including the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on May 21, and it’s still unclear whether or not Louis van Gaal will still be in charge at Old Trafford next season.
While some journalists appear convinced that Van Gaal will be moved on this summer, paving the way for Jose Mourinho to arrive, others believe the veteran Dutch coach will be allowed to see out the third and final year of his contract.
Much could depend on how United finish the season. If they win the FA Cup and secure Champions League football by finishing inside the top four, the chances of Ed Woodward and the Glazer family sticking with Van Gaal will increase significantly.
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United kept their top-four hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.
Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game in the second half but, in truth, it was a dull spectacle and the Red Devils were hardly convincing.
Video: Van Gaal makes journalists laugh
Despite this Van Gaal, somewhat surprisingly, wasn’t asked about his potential summer dismissal by journalists in the post-match press conference at Carrow Road
Van Gaal noted this and was very appreciative. So much so, in fact, that he made the assembled media laugh after thanking them for asking questions about the football, rather than his future.
“It’s the first time that we’re talking about our opponent and not about my sacking,” Van Gaal said. “Thank you for that.”
United have to beat West Ham tonight
In order to keep their top-four hopes alive heading into their final match of the season against Bournemouth this weekend, Manchester United must defeat West Ham at Upton Park this evening.
In what is certain to be an emotional night for the Hammers - it’s their final match at their historic current ground before they move to the Olympic Stadium this summer - the Red Devils are left with no option but to try and spoil the party if they’re to finish above their local rivals Manchester City.
“It's still very tough,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying on the West Ham fixture by Manchester United’s official website. “Now we have to play away to West Ham United and we've seen already in the quarter-final of the FA Cup that it's not so easy.
“So we have to repeat that win. West Ham are a very good team - it's not for nothing they're in the top six of the table. We were lucky in the Cup. I think we deserved to win but we were lucky West Ham had a goal disallowed in the last minute.”
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