Report: Van Gaal to stay at Man United, get $115 million transfer kitty
Louis van Gaal is not going anywhere.
That’s according to a report in Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, which suggests that the current Manchester United manager, 64, will be at Old Trafford for the final season of his three-year deal.
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Van Gaal currently has United one point off the top four of the Premier League with seven games to go, as the Red Devils are locked in a bitter battle with crosstown rivals Manchester City for the fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot.
Despite moans and groans from fans, pundits and former players all season long about the defensive style of United under LVG, the report claims the Dutchman will be backed heavily in the transfer market this summer with $115 million available to spend on new players for next season.
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It is worth mentioning that Van Gaal was formerly a columnist for De Telegraaf and has close links with the paper, so perhaps he is trying to call United’s bluff and force them into showing their hand about their plans for next season.
Van Gaal has already spent over $375 million on new players during his 18-month reign -- Memphis Depay and Angel di Maria have been among the major disappointments on that score -- at United and despite leading them to fourth-place last season they bowed out at the UCL group stage this campaign.
Speculation continues about Jose Mourinho arriving as manager at United this summer but with United finishing the season strongly (they’ve won four of their last five games), injury concerns easing and an FA Cup quarterfinal replay coming up, perhaps executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will keep his undying faith in LVG.
The transfer kitty mentioned in this report is expected to be used mainly on luring Romelu Lukaku from Everton, as the Belgian forward is already reportedly subject of a $70 million bid from his former club Chelsea.
United’s fans certainly won’t be too pleased to hear the news about Van Gaal staying as they believe a return to the swashbuckling success of the Sir Alex Ferguson era would be more likely under the leadership of another manager.
Van Gaal has always spoken of his intent to see out his three-year deal at United and as the days and weeks go by without any mention of Mourinho in serious talks with the Red Devils board, you have to think that the experienced yet eccentric Dutchman is going to be at the helm next season.