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Louis van Gaal fears his 24-year managerial career could end with the sack at Manchester United.
The former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Netherlands boss has already stated that he will retire when his Old Trafford contract expires in June 2017, but acknowledges that the decision could be taken out of his hands if results do not improve.
United have failed to win any of their last five matches, and exited the Champions League at the group stages after a disappointing defeat to Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena on 8 December.
“I don’t want to finish my career with the club sacking me,” the 64-year-old said, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Norwich City at Old Trafford.
“That would be a great disappointment for me to say goodbye to the football world by being fired.”
United supporters have been quick to express their discontent with van Gaal’s tactics and United’s sterile play, with some calling for the club to appoint Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in his place, but the Dutchman insists that the board retains faith in his methodology.
“If I lose the confidence of the fans, that for me would be very sad,” he continued.
“It’s always like that when you lose. Then fans have to prove their belief again.
“The board can see what you can do as a manager in practice but the fans cannot see that, so when you lose you need the belief of the fans.
“It is a question for the fans, not the manager.”