But this was nothing more than his representatives fuelling the speculation in the hope of forcing United’s hand.
United bosses will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on Van Gaal’s future.
The Dutchman has struggled to make a big impact since taking charge in 2014.
But he still retains some support from the Old Trafford board, who have been impressed with his ability to blood a host of young talents this season.
Van Gaal has one more season left on his contract and is keen to see it out before retiring to his plush villa in Portugal’s Algarve.