Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was set to conduct his pre-match press conference as normal today as pressure on his position intensifies.
The Dutchman has overseen a run of six winless games and the scrutiny on his post grew after the home defeat to Norwich on Saturday, which came just two days after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea.
However, ahead of the trip to Mark Hughes’ Stoke on Saturday, Van Gaal will address the media, suggesting the Old Trafford hierarchy are not considering wielding the axe just yet.
United have dropped out of the top four in the Premier League, have already been eliminated from the Champions League and have not tasted victory since the win at Watford on November 21.
Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea last week has led to speculation the Portuguese could come in and succeed Van Gaal if there is not a swift upturn in results.
Mourinho’s name was chanted by United fans at Old Trafford during the loss to Norwich and he has already confirmed that he has no desire to take a break after leaving Stamford Bridge last Thursday.
It is business as usual for the time being for Van Gaal, though, who takes his side to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday before closing out the year with a home fixture against Mourinho’s old club Chelsea on Monday.
Speaking after the loss to the Canaries, Van Gaal insisted he had the backing of both vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his own players.
“Ed was very fast out of the dressing room but I feel that support, yes,” the 64-year-old said.
“The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the manager and his staff is very important.”
Mourinho is due to fly to Portugal this week to spend time with his family over the festive period but he has made it known that he would be interested in taking charge at Old Trafford.