Has Van Gaal actually made progress?
United’s exciting semi-final performance against Everton, following their thrilling quarter-final replay win at Upton Park, plus the development of youngsters like Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Tim Fosu-Mensah have indicated the “process and philosophy” Van Gaal often talks about is beginning to pay off.
United hierarchy will not make a decision on his future until the end of the season to see if the club have secured a top four place in the Premier League and qualification to next season’s Champions League football.
Winning the FA Cup alone may not be enough to save him but there is the possibility that the board could feel there has been enough progress in the second half of this season to allow the Dutchman to complete the re-building job he started two years ago.
They have been impressed by Van Gaal’s courage to place so much faith in the youngsters and will take into account he has been robbed of Luke Shaw for virtually the entire season, Wayne Rooney for two months at a crucial period while also dealing with an unprecedented number of other long-term injuries including those suffered by experienced quartet Antonio Valencia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Ashley Young.