Manchester United officials are refusing to make any comment on the recent rumours suggesting van Gaal will be replaced by Mourinho after the Christmas break, amid reports that Sir Alex Ferguson will help the club hierarchy to decide about the Dutchman’s future.
On Sunday night there were reports claiming that van Gaal would be given the Christmas games against Stoke and Chelsea to try and fix an unimpressive United squad who have lost their last three games.
Meanwhile, there are also suggestions in UK media that Jose Mourinho’s representatives have met United officials, as they are keen to secure a quick return of the Portuguese manager sacked by Chelsea last week.
However, silence from United hierarchy suggests van Gaal’s position at Old Trafford is still under consideration, with Sir Alex Ferguson and the club’s former chief-executive David Gill now approached to help the deciding the club’s next move.
There are rumours in Spain that Real Madrid would consider offering Jose Mourinho a sensational return to the Bernabeu, as pressure increasingly mounts on current manager Rafael Benitez but few days ago Real Madrid president ruled out any possibility of a reunion with the Portuguese.
Ferguson and Gill are said to be big admirers of Jose Mourinho and even though senior key figures at Old Trafford like Bobby Charlton were not supported the idea to hand the recently sacked Chelsea boss the managerial post back in 2013, those pressures are not a factor now a majority of United supporters seems to be supporting the removal of Van Gaal.
Ferguson is understood to be helping decide Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford fate.
The legendary United boss, along with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and former chief executive David Gill, held emergency meetings at the club yesterday. United owners Joel and Avram Glazer also have left the decision whether to sack LVG or not, to Woodward and his fellow board members present in UK, and reports say Woodward is depending heavily on Sir Alex and Gill to take the final decision.
It is claimed both the veterans are supporters of van Gaal still, who begin training yesterday, but both know very well that if they don’t decide swiftly, United could lose the opportunity to rope in Mourinho.
On the other hand, van Gaal has told the club officials he will respect whatever the decision would be, and sources close to Old Trafford claim he is rather philosophical about the outcome.
Fergie remains a key figure in the discussions. He has a good relation with van Gaal and also a fan of Mourinho and feels he could control the controversial manager’s excesses, but the former United boss also thinks United should not become a sacking club like others.
Fergie’s chosen successor David Moyes was fired before he managed to complete his first season in charge, with van Gaal appointed later that summer.