Louis van Gaal is thankful for Sir Alex Ferguson’s support but remains well aware that failing to finish the season with a flourish will put his Manchester United future in jeopardy.
This has been yet another frustrating campaign for the 20-time league champions, with inconsistent displays meaning Champions League qualification and FA Cup success is the best they can hope for.
It is a far cry from the successes enjoyed during Ferguson’s tenure, but the former United boss this week defended the Dutchman and urged fans to be patient.
Van Gaal was thankful for that support, along with “remarkable” backing from the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, managing director Richard Arnold and director David Gill.
He knows that support can only go so far, though, and is aware his position will come under further scrutiny if they fail to finish in the top four.
“I cannot say [I will be here if we fail to make the top four] because I think the board has to evaluate after the results of this year what they have to do,” the United boss said.
“I think that is normal and 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 also the titles or the Champions League positions, you can only say at the May 15 ‘yes, it is like that or like that’.