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Van Gaal refuses to believe Man Utd links with Mourinho

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal ignoring Mourinho rumours
Van Gaal ignoring Mourinho rumours

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal doesn't believe his club have lined up Jose Mourinho to replace him at the end of this season.

Van Gaal continues to insist publicly that he will remain as United manager until the end of his contract in the summer of 2017, despite widespread reports that he will leave the club at the end of this season.

United’s refusal to dismiss reports that they have held talks with Mourinho over succeeding Van Gaal appeared to confirm that the wheels are in motion for the Portuguese tactician to take over at Old Trafford, but the current United boss is ignoring the speculation.

“There is such nonsense created about me,” stated the United manager.

“I cannot believe that there is already a relationship with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

“I cannot believe that because I have seen what is happening in the last two months.

“It was very difficult for me, my wife, kids, grandchildren and friends.”

Van Gaal accepts criticism of his team has been justified at times this season, but he hopes supporters appreciate the progress he believes is being made in reshaping the team.

“Of course when you lose four games in a row people will criticise, but so many other things have been taking place to make progress here — and as our last two games show we are also making progress on the pitch again,” he added.

“When I started here you saw the selection, there were eight players or maybe 10 beyond 30 and now you have to see the selection. It is younger players.

“That is one aspect but there are many more aspects that you cannot see — the structure inside the club, the cohesion between the employees of Manchester United.”