Louis van Gaal has insisted he will see out his three-year contract at Manchester United despite reports he had offered to quit last weekend.
The 64-year old has been under intense pressure and that pressure was only intensified after they lost at home to Southampton last weekend in the Premier League, with reports emanating that he had offered to resign his position as the United manager.
The Dutchman is however insisting he will see out his deal with the club, which ends in the summer of 2017.
“Everybody knows I have signed a three-year contract,’ said Van Gaal. “It’s a process, not one game, and I want to continue until the end. If I wasn’t willing to do that, I don’t think I would have started here. I am always fighting.’
Asked if he had tried to quit, Van Gaal said: “I have not mentioned that, ever.”
He also welcomed the backing of the Manchester United board, but says their support has put him under more pressure to deliver.
“Of course I’m very happy with the support of Ed Woodward and the Glazers,” he said. “But when the board has such confidence in you, the pressure is higher than when they say it is your last game. Then your confidence is not so high and you can fight against it. And when you fight you have a bigger motivation than when they support you.
“It’s the same thing that I have more pressure because the fans believe in me — or maybe had believed in me. The pressure is greater because you have to fulfil their expectations of you.”
The United manager had earlier described the reports about his future as “awful and horrible”.
United play Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday, a competition they have failed to win since 2004.