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Louis van Gaal has cast doubt on the idea that he will walk away from Manch­ester United in 2017 – but ad­mits de­lay­ing his re­tire­ment would be hard on his wife.

“Nor­mally I shall leave af­ter next year but what is nor­mal in our football world? You never know so I can­not an­swer that ques­tion,” the United man­ager said.

“But I promised my wife to go with her to our par­adise (villa in Por­tu­gal) so it shall be very hard for me to deny that prom­ise. Next year I am 65 and say I stay a year longer, it shall be very hard to my wife.”

United started their group stage cam­paign with de­feat at PSV. Van Gaal be­lieves his men must now win all their home matches - start­ing with Wed­nes­day’s game ver­sus Wolfs­burg - to qual­ify for the knock-out stages.

“I think in the Cham­pi­ons League you need to win all your home matches oth­er­wise it shall be very dif­fi­cult,” said Van Gaal, who lifted the tro­phy with Ajax 20 years ago.

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