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Published: 13:19 | 14/5/16

Van Gaal expects to stay at United

Dutchman doesn't think he will be sacked

Louis van Gaal says he fully expects to be Manchester United manager next season even if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.

United need to beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford and for rivals Manchester City to lose at Swansea if they are to make it to Europe's elite club competition next season.

However, even if that doesn't happen, Van Gaal doesn't think it will cost him his job and says he fully expects to see out the final year of his three-year contract despite persistent rumours linking Jose Mourinho with the manager's role.

The Dutchman also reacted angrily to the media who, he claimed, had been reporting his sacking for the past six months.

"Yeah, but you and your colleagues have sacked me for six months, so I have worked with these circumstances already for six months and we are still in the race," he said.

"You cannot say that we are not. We can win the FA Cup. How many are still in the race? How many? It's not so much so.

"Of course, when we don't qualify ourselves we don't reach our aim. That is true because our aim was to qualify ourselves for the Champions League. That was our aim.

"But we are in the final of the FA Cup and we are in the race in the last match - mathematically we can qualify ourselves still. How many clubs can say that?

"Of course you can say Manchester United need to be champions - yes, I know, the expectations are like that, but I don't think that is realistic.

"And I have said I shall be here, that is my opinion, so the board has to decide if it is like that. That is a different way of looking to the situation."

"The facts are that we are still fighting for Champions League qualification."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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