MANCHESTER. — Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he will not quit despite seeing his side slip further off the top four. Monday’s 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea means United have now failed to win in eight games in all competitions. That hasn’t happened since 1990 and leaves the club five points adrift of Manchester City in fourth place. But an upbeat and defiant Van Gaal said: “When the players give such a performance with a lot of pressure, there’s no reason to resign.” Van Gaal has vowed to fight on as Manchester United manager, but admits that the matter may yet be taken out of his hands by the club’s board.
The Dutchman (64) has faced three weeks of speculation after a run of games that has seen United slip to sixth place in the English Premier League soccer table and limp out of the Champions League in the group phase. Despite an improved display, they could only draw 0-0 with misfiring champions Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday night ; their sixth goalless stalemate at home of the season ; but Van Gaal said that behind the scenes, everyone at the club was pulling in the same direction. “The environment (around the club) is making the crisis,” he said. “Inside the club the players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board is very confident in the staff and their manager.” Speaking after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City, which was United’s fourth in a row, a subdued Van Gaal had suggested that he could elect to leave the club rather than wait for the axe to fall. — AFP.