The Daily Star is exclusively reporting that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been told by the club he is still on trial and must prove he deserves a new deal at the club.
The Dutchman, who is yet to earn a new deal, is keen to extend his deal at Old Trafford and remain at the club past 2017.
Nevertheless, Starsport reveal United supremos are in no rush whatsoever to open negotiations with van Gaal and want to see how well the former Netherlands manager performs this season before starting discussions over an extension.
“The manager is enjoying the challenge at the club and is willing to extend his deal to delay his retirement from the game,” a club source said.
“But the fact is he still has to convince bosses he is worth a contract extension. He won’t be handed one on a plate and it is almost as if he is on trial.”
LVG signed a three-year deal worth £6m-a-season when he succeeded David Moyes last summer. He insisted the United job would be the last job of a bright career which has seen him managed the Netherlands, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax.
It is understood van Gaal has been told to improve on last term’s fourth place finish and win a trophy this season if he wants to discuss a new deal at the club.
The 64-year old gaffer has had a mixed spell at the club, with some sections of the fans still not convinced the Dutchman is the right man for the job despite currently top of the Premier League.
United spent £250m on new signings and ending the season without a silverware will mean failure for the Dutch boss and United.
Van Gaal has also had some bust-ups with some of the club’s stars who have grown frustrated with their coach’s training methods and approaches.