The beleaguered Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal found some respite after the Red Devils managed to beat Swansea at home following a run of bad results, and some promises have reportedly been made to him by the club officials. .

Despite all the talk of the Dutch manager’s imminent departure, it looks like club officials have promised him that his job is not in danger and they will continue with their proposed plan of having him see through his contract, and then be succeeded by assistant and former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

According to The Sunday Times, “Louis van Gaal has been assured that Manchester United have no plans to change managers and that the club intend sticking to a long-term strategy of retaining him until Ryan Giggs is ready to take over.

“Van Gaal was given the commitment by Ed Woodward and the Glazer family prior to a week in which he has engineered an upturn in his teama s fortunes, culminating in yesterdaya s 2-1 victory over Swansea, Uniteda s first in nine games.”

Bad News for Mourinho

One of the most likely candidates tipped to take over from Van Gaal, should he be given the sack, was ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who has been very interested in the managerial job at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down.

But the same report stated that despite the availability of Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the owners the Glazer Family, are determined to stick with Van Gaal for now and Giggs for the future.