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Published: 10:49 | 3/5/16

Van Gaal: I am one of the best


Louis van Gaal insists he can handle the ongoing speculation about his future but believes it can be difficult for his players.

Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford remains uncertain amid reports that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been lined up to take over from the Dutchman in the summer.

An up and down season has done little to ease the pressure on Van Gaal and he believes the constant reports about Mourinho could have undermined his authority with the players.

"I can cope with it when the media is writing for six months I am sacked already. It is not new for me," Van Gaal said at United's Player of the Year awards.

"For my players, it is not so easy. They are reading it every day. How do you think that affects my authority? What do you think about the way they want to follow my advice, when their coach is portrayed like a nobody because I cannot do anything?

"But I am not like that. I am very arrogant. I am one of the best managers of the world."

Despite being in with a chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League and being in the FA Cup final, 2015-16 has been a disappointing season for the club but Van Gaal feels expectations are too high.

"We have to meet the expectations of the biggest club in the world. Expectations are too high," he added.

"We are in a period of transition. It is not so easy. We're still in a position to qualify (for the Champions League), and we're in the final of the FA Cup.

"We've fought back many times, so you can applaud the players, because they've done it.

"I came to England to win a trophy, but first we have to qualify for the Champions League."

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