Louis van Gaal has admitted he may no longer be the manager of Manchester United after the end of the 2015/16 campaign if his side fails to qualify for next season's Champions League. The Red Devils are sixth in the league table with 50 points from 30 matches, one point behind fourth place Manchester City.
The 20-time English champions will host Everton in the league tie on 3 April at Old Trafford. They have to face Leicester City, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in the last eight fixtures in the league.
United have struggled under the Dutchman's guidance, which has seen them exit from the group stages of the Champions League and knocked out of the Europe League by Liverpool. With only the FA Cup to fight for silverware, Van Gaal admits his focus is on winning a trophy, which he feels is not the Red Devils' immediate focus as they look to finish in the top four.
"I cannot say that because I think the board has to evaluate after the results of this year, what they have to do. I think that is normal," Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
"I cannot predict that when I do not know the facts. First you have to see the facts, I have always said that. The results and the titles and Champions League positions you can only say on May 15 (after the final match of the season)."
"You also have to evaluate the circumstances of how I have had to work in the season (United's injury pile up). I am a rational person. I know a Manchester United manager has to win something, but I am still working on that."
"Again I cannot say that because I do not know what will happen in the next eight matches. You can only evaluate when you have the total facts. And now I cannot say that and my board cannot say that neither because we have to play matches."
"For the club it's much more important that we are in the top four. But as a person, I want to win a trophy."
With Van Gaal under pressure at United, his future at Old Trafford still remains unclear. Jose Mourinho, who was sacked from his job at Chelsea is expected to replace the former Barcelona and Bayern boss in the summer, reports the Sun.
The 64-year-old manager's contract at United runs down in 2017. His latest comments can come as a boost for Mourinho, who is the front runner for the Old Trafford job as the Portuguese tactician admitted he will return to management in the summer.