Louis van Gaal has hinted that he may resign before being sacked as Manchester United manager, as reported by The Independent.
United are on a run of seven games without a victory and have lost their last four outings, including this afternoon’s 2-0 away defeat at Stoke City.
And with the Dutchman’s Old Trafford future hanging in the balance, van Gaal hinted earlier that he may decide to walk the club can make drastic action.
He said: “It is not always the club that has to fire or sack me.
“Sometimes I do that by myself, but I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and my members of staff and my players.
“I have received backing all the time but we have lost so there is a new situation.
“I feel the support of my players and my board. The fans will be disappointed but that is logical after four defeats.”
United’s title challenge is in serious danger of being over before the turn of the year following four straight defeats, one of which secured their exit from the Champions League having fallen to a 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg.
Van Gaal’s side have not won in the Premier League for over a month now, with their last victory coming via a 2-1 scoreline away at Watford.
Since then they have drawn with Leicester City and West Ham and suffered humiliating defeats to the likes of newly promoted Bournemouth and Norwich, followed by today’s loss to Mark Hughes’ Stoke.
The Independent were reporting last week that the recently sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is eager to take the Manchester United job should Louis van Gaal leave his post in the future.