Manchester United Boss Louis Van Gaal believes that should his club be defeated by Derby County in the FA cup tie, he could face the axe – for the fourth time this season.
The Dutchman, 64 had admitted it was “awful and horrible” when the media speculated that he would offer to resign after a Southampton defeat in their last Premier League game.
“Now I cannot lose anymore because I am condemned for the fourth time that I have been sacked,” Van Gaal said. “And maybe then you have written the truth, because sometimes it happens.”
Defiant, he claimed that he would never quit on Old Trafford, firmly believing that he could persevere, and “continue to the end” of his three-year contract, which runs until the end of the 2016-17 season.
Van Gaal was heckled by fans after the loss to Southampton, with United having won just three of its last 13 matches. He also faced much criticism for his style of football which is dull and risk-averse.
The Dutchman said on Thursday he hadn’t offered to quit and the support of Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, was “fantastic”. But the former Ajax boss admitted that it also puts pressure on him.
Luckily for United, Derby was not in perfect form either. The Championship side had just won one of their last six games, and had recently been knocked down from the top of the Championship table.