Manchester United News: Van Gaal Hints He Will Stay at Old Trafford Next Season

Louis Van Gaal, left, has a year remaining on his Manchester United contract.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, England, on March 6. Van Gaal has hinted he may still be in charge at United next season. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Louis Van Gaal's position as Manchester United manager has been debated all season long, but it looks as if the Dutchman is certain he will keep his job for next season.

Van Gaal dropped a heavy hint on Saturday that he would remain in charge, suggesting that he had already begun planning for the summer transfer window.

"There are a lot of players coming to Manchester United next season because they know I give them a chance," Van Gaal said prior to the team's defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

United had been on a revival of sorts but that came to an end against West Brom, as Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game following Juan Mata's red card.

Mata is not known as a dirty player and Van Gaal said referee Mike Dean should have considered the Spaniard's gentle character before deciding to send him off for two yellow cards.

"The referee has to know the person who makes the tackle and that Mata never hurts an opponent," Van Gaal opined.

Mata's dismissal meant United was forced to play for more than an hour of the game with ten men, inducing fatigue that eventually showed when Rondon scored from close range in the 66th minute.

"You can give the two bookings according to the rules but I think the referee needs to know the player who is doing that," Van Gaal continued.

Mata stopped West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher from taking a quick free kick and then earned another card less than three minutes later when he clipped the same player's heels, dealing a major blow to United's hopes of catching Manchester City for the final UEFA Champions League place.