Louis van Gaal hits out on Sunday World back page

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Louis van Gaal has again insisted he will remain in charge at Manchester United next season, ahead of what could be his final game in charge at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United manager Van Gaal is expected to be sacked if he fails to secure a top four finish in the Premier League this season, with Jose Mourinho tipped to replace him this summer.

Yet Ken Lawrence reports on Van Gaal's latest words of defiance, as he insists he will remain in charge at United for a third season.

"In spite of the attacks and not only the media, the legends and other kinds of people, I am here and I am fighting," says Van Gaal.

“I am an open book and I believe in myself, I I believe in the players. I hope everybody is believing like me, then it is much easier.

“When you expect Manchester United must be champions, then you’re disappointed, but in the eyes of some fans, or many fans, that’s not enough because you have to win the title.

“I have the impression that I will still be here. But in the football world, you never know.”

Sunday World columnist Roy Curtis offers a slightly different view of Van Gaal's United tenure, as he calls for the Dutchman to be removed from his post in double quick time.

Van Gaal's comments ahead of next weekend's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace feature in a Sunday World sports pull-out that includes the view from the Eagles camp ahead of next week's Wembley showdown.

Meanwhile, Ireland full-back Stephen Ward speaks exclusively to Kevin Palmer after his revival with Burnley, as he looks forward to this summer's Euro 2016 finals.

John Aldridge gives us his exclusive preview of Liverpool's Europa League final against Sevilla on Wednesday night, while we identify the players Pep Guardiola will target when he takes over at Manchester City.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill tells us that Shane Long can become Ireland's Euro 2016 hero, while we also have the best GAA coverage and a fitting tribute following the sad passing of golfing legend Christy O'Connor.

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