Belfast Telegraph

Under-fire Van Gaal may choose to walk out on Manchester United

By Robert Jones

Manchester United may not be forced to decide whether to sack manager Louis van Gaal or not, because he could choose to walk out of the club at the end of the season due to the pressure he has come under at Old Trafford.

There is speculation Van Gaal is already weighing up his future as United manager, and with his contract set to expire at the end of next season, it's believed he could decide to leave earlier than planned.

Van Gaal has cut a visibly frustrated - and at times angered - figure this season, and has already walked out of two press conferences.

When United were amidst a run of eight matches without a victory in all competitions, Van Gaal hinted he could choose to quit before he was sacked, although results and performances have since picked up and the 1-0 win at Liverpool last weekend has led Van Gaal to start talking up United's title chances.

But despite renewed optimism among those at Old Trafford, it's claimed that friends of Van Gaal back in the Netherlands are concerned for his wellbeing given the pressure on him to bring success back to United after three baron years.

Van Gaal has already highlighted the effect of what the speculation surrounding his job is doing to his family, but suggestions that he could be replaced as manager will not go away unless their form dramatically improves given that both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola - widely regarded as the two best coaches in the world - are currently available for next season.

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