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My job is still on the line, admits Van Gaal

By Simon Peach

Louis van Gaal is thankful for Sir Alex Ferguson's support but well aware that failing to finish the campaign with a flourish will put his Manchester United future in jeopardy.

This has been yet another frustrating campaign for the 20-time league champions, with inconsistent, and often underwhelming, displays meaning Champions League qualification and FA Cup success is the best they can hope for.

It is a far cry from the successes enjoyed during Ferguson's tenure, but the former United boss this week defended Van Gaal and urged fans to be patient during the club's current tribulations.

The Dutchman was thankful for that support, along with "remarkable" backing from the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, managing director Richard Arnold and director David Gill.

Van Gaal knows that support can only go so far, though, and is aware his position will come under further scrutiny if they fail to finish in the top four.

"I cannot say (I will be here if we fail to make the top four) because I think the board has to evaluate after the results of this year what they have to do," the United boss said.

"The results and also the titles or the Champions League positions, you can only say at May 15 'yes, it is like that or like that'. I know that a manager of Manchester United has to win something, but I am still working on that."

Meanwhile, Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss United's clash with Everton tomorrow and almost certainly the rest of the season due to knee ligament damage. That could also rule the German midfielder out of the Euro 2016 finals, where the world champions will face Northern Ireland in their final group game in Paris on June 21.

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