Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United have gone backwards but is confident he will STAY as manager
Louis van Gaal is confident he will see out his Manchester United contract, despite admitting his team have gone backwards this season.
The Dutchman failed to lead the club to Champions League qualification this term and has come under-fire from supporters.
He was booed by a section of the Old Trafford faithful when addressing the fans after their final Premier League game against Bournemouth on Tuesday night and many are calling for Jose Mourinho to be brought as his replacement this summer.
But Van Gaal, who signed a three-year deal when he succeeded David Moyes in 2014, fully expects to continue in his post.
Asked if he was sure he would be retained, the 64-year-old said: “Yes – because I have signed a three-year contract.”
Van Gaal admits United have gone backwards this season with their fifth-place finish in the Premier League.
But he insists his side is still in transition and says they can be serious title contenders next term if he remains in charge.
“Of course [it is a step backwards] because our aim in the first year and also the second and the third shall be the Champions League,” he said.
“It is the highest level and a club like Manchester United has to play at that level but there are more clubs that want to play at that level and you have seen that.
“We are a team in transition and I have said that since I started.”
To the question of whether United could win the title next season, he added: “That is always possible because Leicester City was more or less a relegation team (last year).”