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.