With seven games left before the season ends, Manchester United are four points behind Manchester City in the race for the final Champions league spot, with a game in hand and looking at the remaining fixtures United will fancy themselves to pip their rivals come May.
Champions league qualification is essential if United are to keep pace with the big European clubs in their struggling times, but what if it comes with a cost? The cost being another season under the management of Louis Van Gaal.
The season according to Van Gaal himself has been an underachieving one for United but if they do manage to somehow qualify for Champions league football next season, the board might be willing to let him run through the final year of his contract.
Now, what would that mean for United going forward ? Let us look at some of the factors :
Jose Mourinho might find another club.
It’s a general belief that Jose Mourinho has wanted the United job since Sir Alex retired, but if United overlook him for a second time will he be willing to wait another year? It looks highly unlikely that Jose will be able to keep himself away from football for that long. Though there is a feeling among some section of United faithful that Jose Mourinho is not the type of Manager which fits the United ‘philosophy’, but still he does bring more to the trophy table than anyone else available for the job.
Ryan Giggs- the only option.
And if United do put their trust in Louis Van Gaal next season they will have to turn to their own Ryan Giggs when Louis Van Gaal goes, which does not guarantee an instant success either, and keeping in mind that it has already been 3 years since United last won a major trophy, this would not be an ideal time for the club to handover the reigns to Ryan Giggs expecting him to make an impact like Pep Guardiola did in his time at Barcelona.
It would be a huge gamble for United to let Louis Van Gaal be incharge for his 3rd season as United are nowhere close to start as title contenders next season if their current position in the league is considered.