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Louis Van Gaal Offered To Resign Following Southampton Defeat

Louis Van Gaal Offered To Resign Following Southampton Defeat
By Gavin Cooney
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If Louis van Gaal sees out the next few days at Old Trafford then you'd have to think there is next to nothing that can happen that would see him depart before the end of the season. If he's going to leave then he's going to leave very soon after reports emerged that he had offered to quit as recently as this weekend.

The Guardian are reporting that Van Gaal offered Manchester United his resignation following their moribund 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton only for the resignation to be rejected.

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Ed Woodward convinced Van Gaal to return to Holland to deliberate upon the decision further, with talks between the two expected to resume on Tuesday. Woodward is reported to be extremely keen for Van Gaal to succeed at United, and is loathe to sack him. However, if the former Barca and Bayern boss does return today with the desire to resign still in tact, then it would seem rather unlikely that he will continue in the role.

One way or another, should United lose in the FA Cup to Derby County on Friday, it is reported that both Van Gaal and Woodward may agree it is best to terminate his contract early.

Following the 1-0 reversal against Southampton, Old Trafford reverberated with booing, and caused Van Gaal to admit for the first time that he is letting down the United support. Under Van Gaal, United have not scored a first-half league goal since September, and are fifth in the league, ten points off the top and five behind Spurs in fourth.

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