Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reveals that he would quit his job at Old Trafford if the dressing room turned on him.
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The former Netherlands boss would cause a huge shock if he were to walk away from the club so soon, particularly with a top-four finish looking promising, yet confesses he has no intention on sticking around if the players make him feel unwanted.
The Dutchman discussed the importance of a healthy player-manager relationship, drawing on his managerial spell with AZ Alkmaar as comparison to his current position at Man United:
“When I see this chemistry between myself and my players, then I don’t have any doubts,” the 63-year-old was quoted by CaughtOffside.
“Of course, we have disappointing moments but we can survive and we have confidence to qualify for the Champions League.
“I remember when I went to AZ, a very minor club in Holland. In my first season we were second, in my second season we were third and in my third season we finished 11th.
“I said to my players that I would go away. But the players then came to my house to ask me to stay, and so did the board. So I said, ‘Okay, I will stay.’ And, in the fourth year, we were champions.”
Van Gaal added: “When I think the chemistry between the players and the manager is not good enough anymore, then I go.”
“It is not a question, I can go for myself also. I am in my first season here and I can still win the title, but that will probably go to Chelsea. What we have to do is continue in our process. But we have been in the top four longer than Arsenal this season. That is true.”
The Red Devils face a tough bout of fixtures, which could seal their top-four fate, including Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea, all within the next month.