With just seven games remaining in the Premier League, Manchester United find themselves a single point behind rivals Manchester City in the race for the final Champions League position. Despite their struggles throughout the campaign, United manager Louis Van Gaal is still holding onto the possibility of seeing out the final year of his contract at Old Trafford next season.
With Jose Mourinho having reportedly already held talks with United officials regarding the position, many would have assumed that an announcement would be forthcoming. However, a strong end to the season from United could well see Van Gaal handed a state of execution.
Having admitted recently that he is uncertain of his own future, Van Gaal has come out fighting in recent weeks, issuing his players the challenge of overcoming both City and Arsenal for third place, with Leicester City and Tottenham seemingly having the top two spots wrapped up. Sunday’s laboured victory over Everton will have pleased Van Gaal in terms of their continued pressure on their Premier League rivals, however the Old Trafford faithful were made to endure another lifeless performance on a day of celebration for Sir Bobby Charlton.
With four home games left from their remaining league fixtures, United are more than likely going to need maximum points from such games if they are to overcome their challengers. Coral currently offer United Premier League odds of 2/1 to finish in this seasons top four.
Having taken over from the departing David Moyes almost two years ago, Van Gaal has certainly not been able to enforce the dramatic changes that were perhaps expected at Old Trafford. As a result he has been under constant scrutiny from supporters who are desperate for the club to be challenging for major honours once again. With a FA Cup replay at West Ham providing their greatest chance of silverware this season, the United board will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.
With a seemingly unwillingness to upset the apple cart so close to the end of the season, links with former Chelsea manager Mourinho are likely to be ongoing. As a result of such factors, what are the odds on Van Gaal getting fired from Man Utd? Coral offer odds of 1/4 for Mourinho to be in charge at Old Trafford next season.
The iconic Portuguese manager is the most successful manager of the last decade, enjoying flourishing spells in England, Spain and Italy. A poor recent spell at Stamford Bridge has done little to effect his reputation however, with a number of teams battling it out for his services. A lack of passion has often been cited as the downfall of United performances this season, something Mourinho would almost certainly improve.