Louis van Gaal "assured" of a third season as Man Utd boss - report

Van Gaal set to remain in charge at Man Utd?
Van Gaal set to remain in charge at Man Utd?

Louis van Gaal has been assured that he will remain in charge of Manchester United for a third season, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

A Sunday World report last weekend suggested Van Gaal had the backing of Old Trafford officials and now the Daily Mirror have followed up that story by claiming Van Gaal is safe in his job - even if he fails to secure a return to next season's Champions League.

Jose Mourinho has been constantly linked with a move to replace Van Gaal, with the former Chelsea boss falling silent in recent weeks amid suggestions that he had ordered his camp to refrain from any further public comment on his links with the United post.

Now leaks from Old Trafford suggest Van Gaal is to be backed by the clubs owners and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to continue into the final year of his three-year contract.

That move would alarm many United supporters, who remain unconvinced that the Dutchman can lead the club back toward success after a troubled second season at the helm.

Sunday's defeat against West Bromwich Albion was United's eighth in the Premier League this season and they currently lie 13 points behind surprise leaders Leicester.

Van Gaal faces the next big test of his tenure as United manager when his side take on Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday.