Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been told by the club that he is not yet guaranteed a new deal and must still prove himself, according to reports from the Daily Star.
His current contract will expire in 2017, with the Dutchman said to be interested in extending his stay at Old Trafford before he gives up management in the near future.
However, despite sitting second in the Premier League after six matches, the United board is still not convinced of his abilities and is in no hurry to begin negotiations of a new deal.
A club source admitted that even if Van Gaal is looking to extend his deal, he must still perform and prove his worth as though he is still on trial.
“The manager is enjoying the challenge at the club and is willing to extend his deal to delay his retirement from the game,” he said.
“But the fact is he still has to convince bosses he is worth a contract extension. He won’t be handed one on a plate and it is almost as if he is on trial.”
It is believed that the Dutchman will retire after his spell with the Red Devils following a hugely successful career in management.
His future is likely to depend on how well he does in the domestic league as well as the Champions League having guided his side back into the competition after they missed out last term.