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Van Gaal fears Man Utd sack as Mourinho looms large

Van Gaal fears Man Utd sack as Mourinho looms large
The Dutchman admitted the former Chelsea manager's reported interest in managing at Old Trafford was a concern given the current shortage of confidence at the club
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted he fears for his job following the sacking of Jose Mourinho by Chelsea and the Red Devils' six-match winless run.

Reports on Friday claimed Mourinho had set his sights on taking over at Old Trafford as Van Gaal comes under increasing pressure on the back of a poor run of form.

Speaking after the Red Devils's latest defeat at home to Norwich City, the Dutchman conceded that he had work to do to win back the United supporters and hierarchy.

"Of course I am worried about [Mourinho's sacking] because belief in a manager is very important," Van Gaal told reporters. "And when you lose as a manager that confidence decreases. 

"That is happening now, and I cannot close my eyes to that."

Van Gaal said he had spoken to his players as normal after the 2-1 loss and reiterated his position that a change of manager is not the solution to United's problems.

"I always say something [to the players]," he said. "Today it was very hard to say something, but I said something that will stay with the players.

"I don't think a change of management shall bring direct success."

Wayne Rooney made his 500th appearance for United, but failed to make an impact, and Van Gaal declined the opportunity to praise his captain for reaching that milestone.