According to a report from the Telegraph, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has decided to quit at the end of this season despite giving assurance earlier that he will not bow down to pressure no matter what happens.
The Dutch manager is considering to step down from the Old Trafford hot seat this summer, a year before his contract ends.
He will have one more season left on his current contract after this one expires, but it is believed that the increasing pressure of the challenging job could see him leave the Red Devils early.
Sources in Holland suggest the Dutchman’s family have become highly concerned at the heavy toll managing the EPL giants is taking on the 64-year-old psychologically.
Van Gaal himself reignited the speculations of quiting, rather than being fired, during Manchester United’s miserable eight-match winless run at the end of last year.
He has reportedly complained to his close ones that the effect of the speculations regarding his position is creating so much concern among his relatives and friends, and it is also claimed that thosewho are close to him fear he may have had enough of it by the end of this campaign and even decide to retire 12 months sooner than he actually had planned once.
The former Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Holland manager has a reputation to walked away from several posts as he did in the past, and Manchester United hierarchy is well aware tha the Dutchman may choose to end his regime a year early.
van Gaal quiting would eventually leave the way very clear for Jose Mourinho who was fired by Chelsea last month, to take over the Old Trafford managerial post. The Portuguese is also said to be interested to wait until the summer to snatch the United managerial post.
van Gaal’s Current No.2 Ryan Giggs is not likely to be handed the big job so soon.
Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has very strong links with the Old Trafford hierarchy, and it is suggested the former Chelsea boss already has been informed about his close friend Van Gaal’s ongoing situation.
Despite the 1-0 victory over Liverpool last weekend, which ultimately moved them within seven points of league toppers Arsenal, doubts still remain over the van Gaal’s credibility to take the Red Devils forward.