Louis van Gaal’s current contract expires in two years time and by then he expects to have brought the league title back to Old Trafford. He had told his wife he was planning to retire at the end of this contract but can’t rule out extending it.

You never know, you can never say: ‘I go.’ I have already said to my wife it might be that we extend in Manchester but normally I have said to my wife that after 55 years I quit. And I am still in business and in two weeks’ time I will be 64! I can walk away from it. I have already taken two sabbaticals. They were not even for a year on either occasion but it was very, very nice. And it was not cats and dogs with my wife. And I have a paradise in Portugal. So I can happily walk away from football and do other things. I know I can do that.