Manchester United will still replace manager Louis van Gaal this summer, even if he brings the club their first FA Cup in 12 years. This week’s progress to the competition’s semi-finals hasn’t changed the thought process around the club’s board, who believe that change is needed for next season.
Writing in the Mirror, David McDonnell also states that opposition to hiring Jose Mourinho, often suggested to be one of the main causes of internal strife and division amongst the club’s hierarchy has eased, specifically in Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.
It’s believed that Van Gaal will agree that change is needed at the club and accept a substantial pay-out in order to leave his final managerial job in football with one year remaining on his contract. The very real possibility of finishing outside of the top four for the second time in three seasons, a divisive regime that has alienated much of the first team squad and the uninspiring, dull football that United have served up this season finally appears to have forced the club’s hand, and the Portuguese will be tasked with the job of turning the Old Trafford outfit’s fortunes around.
Coming hot on the heels of Mark Ogden’s article in The Telegraph suggesting that Mourinho has a new potential suitor in the form of Paris Saint Germain, the timing of this news might suggest that United may have been prodded into action in order to avoid missing out on one of the game’s most successful active managers. Interestingly, there is no mention of Ryan Giggs and his role in United’s future.