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Louis van Gaal hands his Man Utd future over to his wife

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal keen to keep his wife happy
Van Gaal keen to keep his wife happy

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he may be compelled to retire from the game in the summer of 2017 - even if he has a desire to carry on at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal has always insisted that his spell as United boss will not extent beyond the three-year contract he signed a little over a year ago, with the Dutchman admitting an extension to that deal will not be possible without agreement from his wife Truus.

While the tone of Van Gaal's comments in his pre-match press conference before Wednesday's Champions League clash against Wolfsburg suggested he would not be against an extra year or two as United boss, he conceded that decision may be taken out of his hands.

"Normally I shall leave after next year but what is normal in our football world? You never know so I cannot answer that question," said Van Gaal.

"I promised my wife to go with her to our paradise (villa in Portugal) so it shall be very hard for me to deny that promise.

"Next year I am 65 and say I stay a year longer, it shall be very hard to my wife."

Van Gaal has set his sights high before he leaves United, as he targets Premier League and Champions League glory over the course of the next two years.

The coach who won the Champions League with Ajax two decades ago is not intimidated by the prospect of repeating that story at United.

"That is realistic because I did it everywhere," added the 64-year-old when asked if he could win silverware with United.

"Reaching the (Champions League) final is also an aim and winning the final needs a little bit of luck."