Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

M.E.N. EXCLUSIVE VAN GAAL OFFERED TO QUIT ; United Turned Down LVG's Resignation as Pressure Mounts on Under- Fire Boss

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

M.E.N. EXCLUSIVE VAN GAAL OFFERED TO QUIT ; United Turned Down LVG's Resignation as Pressure Mounts on Under- Fire Boss

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LOUIS van Gaal offered to quit United last month. The under- pressure Reds boss is set to return to the club's Carrington training complex today with his future hanging in the balance following Saturday's woeful defeat by Southampton at Old Trafford.

And M.E.N. Sport can reveal that Van Gaal offered to resign following a dreadful December. But the Reds hierarchy turned him down, believing the 64-year-old would turn things around. It is understood the club's stance has not altered since he rode out the December storm which saw the Reds knocked out of the Champions League and lost three Premier League matches on the bounce.

But Van Gaal seemed to hint that he was ready to go after Saturday's abysmal Old Trafford defeat, saying: "I'm very disappointed that I cannot reach the expectations of the fans. …

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