Louis van Gaal will hold Old Trafford icon Paul Scholes responsible if he gets sacked next week, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People .
The Manchester United boss is furious that former Reds midfielder Scholes has mounted a season-long campaign undermining his position at the club.
And privately, Van Gaal believes Scholes – now a BT pundit – has turned a large section of United’s supporters against him with constant criticism.
And as he went into the final week of the season, with a must-win home game against Bournemouth on Sunday to keep alive slim hopes of Champions League qualification, the Dutchman made a thinly-veiled attack on Scholes.
“Of course all this speculation about my future for six months makes me angry. I have shown that many, many times,” he said.
“You are asking and you know already my answer! It’s rhetorical, I think.
“I have shown that and I am an open book for everybody.
“I have said that, but in spite of the attacks of the media – and not only the media, the legends and other kinds of people – I am here and I am fighting.
Van Gaal also believes that if he is sacked after the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday, supremo Ed Woodward will have gone back on his word.
The 64-year-old has told close aides he has been reassured by Woodward that his job is safe and that no deal has been struck with Jose Mourinho on three occasions already this year.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is believed to have directly challenged Woodward about speculation that the club have met Mourinho and are ready to appoint him if United fall short of their Champions League target.
I understand Woodward told Van Gaal more than once that no decision had been taken to replace him.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal believes if United win the FA Cup against Crystal Palace next Saturday then, for him, it will have been a successful season.
“I think success is in the eyes of the man or woman who are seeing that,” he said. “It’s different for everybody.