Panic at Manchester United: Ed Woodward wants to stick with Louis van Gaal [Tweets]

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward intends to stay loyal to Louis van Gaal until at least the summer and has had no meaningful contact with Jose Mourinho’s camp, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Red Devils chief is still backing the Dutchman despite a 2-1 Europa League defeat to Midtjylland on Thursday.

United are starting a run of five games in 14 days, a crucial one in their disappointing season so far. They are facing Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, Midtjylland in the return of the Europa League, and Arsenal, Watford and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

This run could make or break their season and Woodward is not willing to part ways with van Gaal at this crucial point in the 2015/2016 campaign, despite all the pressure to sack the Dutchman and appoint Jose Mourinho.

However, The Sun claim Woodward phoned Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes on his return from Denmark in order to check if the Portuguese will still be available this summer.

This call came amid speculation linking the former Chelsea boss with a return to Italy to coach Inter, who he led to a famous treble in 2010.Mourinho was also quoted saying: “My next challenge, my next club? I really don’t know. I don’t search for clubs, clubs search for me.”

The news about Woodward’s preference to stick with van Gaal for now quickly made Twitter explode:

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