Louis van Gaal is confident of remaining the Manchester United manager until the summer of 2017 when his contract expires, amid reports the club have held discussions with Jose Mourinho over the possibility of taking over this summer.
The 64-year old is under continued pressure following United’s inconsistent run this season as well as their style of play but Van Gaal is adamant he has transformed the club and says they are better now than they were when he took charge in 2014.
“I had players beyond 30 and had to quit them. Rio Ferdinand is not playing anymore,” he said.
“Our play out of possession was always good,” he said. “The key now is our ball-possession play. In the last two matches, we played with more confidence, more direct and so finished the chances.
“I wanted to move the ball more quickly, from the beginning of my management, but you have to be able to do that facing resistance from 10 players behind the ball.
“December was painful, I’d never lost four games in a row before, but I never doubted myself. I analyse the circumstances, we had bad luck beyond our control. You cannot say it’s nothing when you have eight players injured for three months and having two positions unoccupied.”
The former Barcelona boss also claimed he isn’t aware Manchester United has had any relations with Mourinho about replacing him.
“I cannot believe there is already a relationship with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United,” he added.