LVG: Not quitting, still fighting

Player of the Week – Matchday 08

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal continues to insist that he won’t quit the club, despite persistent rumours that he is nearing the exit.

The Dutch coach was alleged to have offered to resign following their 1-0 loss to Southampton at the weekend, but has since moved to dispel those rumours and reaffirm his commitment to the job.

“I am always fighting,” he said.”I have signed a three-year contract here. It’s a process, not one game, and I want to continue until the end.

“When I’m not willing to do that, I don’t think I would have started here one-and-a-half years ago.

“When I have signed for clubs, I have always spoken a long time with the CEO or with the owners, not only at United, but also at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, and I have the faith that they always support me.

“But that gives more pressure to you, because you must fulfil the expectations they have of you. Of course we can fulfil those expectations. We are now only halfway.”

Despite his commitment to the Red Devils, van Gaal concedes that defeat to Derby County in the FA Cup on Friday could bring veracity to the persistent reports of his departure.

“I cannot lose any more, because then I am condemned for the fourth time that I have been sacked,” he added. “Then maybe you will have written the truth, because sometimes it happens.”

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