Former England Captain Rio Ferdinand believes that if Manchester United under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal wins the FA Cup and secure a Champions League spot then he will be at Old Trafford come next season.
The Dutchman’s job have constantly being on the line this campaign as rumours of a sack lingers and numerous reports suggesting that United will move for Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.
However, the Red Devils are still in the running for a top-four spot and reached the final of the FA Cup by beating Everton at the weekend, which Ferdinand believes could leave the Dutchman with a “great argument” for staying.
“If he wins the FA Cup and United finish in the Champions League [qualification places] he could sit there and say that is progression. Speaking to people at Manchester United in and around the ground and supporters around the country, they are not playing the type of football they are accustomed to seeing at Manchester United,” Ferdinand told talkSPORT.
“They want to see football that is respectful of their history of the club. It has been a lot of sideways, sideways football. But I watched the game at the weekend and if that is a sign of things to come, then Louis van Gaal has got a great argument to put forward.”
He continued: “This season has been a bit doom and gloom for Manchester United with the way they have played but Louis van Gaal’s legacy if he is going to have one when he leaves is the introduction of all these young boys, with Rashford leading the charge,” Ferdinand added.
“It has been great for football and it will be nice for managers around the country to take heed of that. Bringing in young players as he has and getting to the FA Cup final – albeit they are not doing too well in the league – that is a good part of his time and story at Manchester United.”
Manchester United are currently five points adrift of the Champions League places but have a game in hand.