Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf have suggested that United boss Louis van Gaal has been assured that he will remain in charge beyond this season.
It’s reported that the Dutchman will also be granted spending money in the region of £80m with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku a prime target, and he will not come cheap.
As with 90% of reports, or rumours out there, we should take them all with a pinch of salt. Especially this one.
For a start, this news comes off the back of reports that Van Gaal has had a big say in the China tour preparations and that Jose Mourinho is considering Valencia as another option; so the timing would be right for an article like this to surface. Reports like these tend to get published in batches, if you will.
For example, as soon as Jose Mourinho was sacked he was immediately linked with the United job. Shortly after there were rumours about big money contracts being ‘pre-agreed’ between him and United. Then as soon as United put a couple of good results together we saw news that Van Gaal would be staying and following those reports we saw news coming out of Jose considering other options. You see the pattern, right? The same is happening here. News comes out that Van Gaal is involved in tour prep and then shortly after… this.
One important thing to note about all these rumours is that all the information comes from “sources” who can never be named. Or if they can be named, they can’t be backed up with any quotes. It’s all, highly likely, false rumours.
Aside from that, United will need at least double the amount suggested to turn them into title contenders again. £80m would buy them one player with a bit of change or two average players (when considering the inflating transfer fees) at best. There are several positions in which United need to strengthen and £80m just wouldn’t be enough.
So I strongly believe this is yet another rumour we can brush aside and not get worked up about.