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Alex Ferguson involved in talks over Van Gaal future

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal waiting to hear his fate at United
Van Gaal waiting to hear his fate at United

Manchester United are refusing to make any comment on fresh rumours that manager Louis van Gaal is about to be sacked, amid reports that former manager Alex Ferguson is now involved in talks over the Dutchman's future.

Reports on Sunday night claimed that Van Gaal would be given the Christmas games against Stoke and Chelsea to try and revive a United side that have lost their last three matches.

Meanwhile, there are suggestions in Spain and the UK media that Jose Mourinho's representatives have staged talks with United, as they look to secure a quick return to the game of the coach sacked by Chelsea last week.

The silence from United officials suggests Van Gaal's position is still under consideration, with Ferguson and the club's former chief-executive David Gill open part of the discussions over the club's next move.

Now there are rumours that Real Madrid would consider offering Mourinho a sensational return to the Bernabeu, as pressure mounts on their boss Rafael Benitez.

Ferguson and Gill are admirers of Mourinho and even though senior figures at Old Trafford such as Bobby Charlton were reluctant to hand the controversial Portuguese boss the job back in 2013, those pressures are not a factor now.

While a majority of United fans now appear to support the removal of Van Gaal, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has suggested the Old Trafford club will "look desperate" if they replace him with Mourinho in the next few days.

"Is Jose the perfect fit for Manchester United? I'd say no," stated Carragher. 

"The reason being, if I imagine Manchester United as what they've been over the last 50 or 60 years and what they've been about....winning trophies. Jose massively ticks that box; but bringing young players through? No.

"Playing exciting, cut throat football, going for every game? He doesn't tick that box either. 

'If that is someone that they go for, I think that'll show the fear Manchester United's board have of other teams getting away from them."

Carragher went on to suggest the prospect of Pep Guardiola joining Manchester City next summer may prompt United to ignore any doubts over Mourinho and take a chance on the proven trophy winner.

"There'll be that thought of Pep Guardiola maybe going to Manchester City and they'll be thinking we're actually falling behind," he added.

"They'll forget some of the principles that have made the club over the last 50 or 60 years; and they're just that desperate to get to back winning trophies."