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Staying put at Old Trafford, says Van Gaal

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Louis Van Gaal has made a statement of intent after Manchester United’s draw against Chelsea at home, adamant he is not going to quit as manager.

This comes just days after he went on record saying he could resign after a string of sub-par performances saw his team drop from top of the league to out of the top four, as well as a Champions League exit.

There was speculation that the games against Stoke City and Chelsea could be his last if United didn’t get the results the fans and the board expected, and after the abject 0-2 capitulation against Stoke, the Chelsea game assumed immense importance.

On Monday, it was a completely different ‘United’ that began the game. The players were the same, but the old United spirit seemed to have returned. Wayne Rooney and Co played with purpose, desire and pride and created chance after chance.

Though United failed to break through Chelsea’s defense, the performance pleased Van Gaal enough: “When the players give such a performance with a lot of pressure, there’s no reason to resign.”

“Maybe the media wants that but I shall not do that,” he said at the post-match interview. “It’s not a question of staying, it is a question of fulfilling my contract. The players are willing to fight for every metre, the manager is willing to fight, the members of staff are willing to fight and the board has every confidence in the staff and the manager.”

Meanwhile, captain Wayne Rooney felt United were unlucky not to get the three points.

Juan Mata and Anthony Martial both hit the frame of the goal in the first half, while Rooney himself fluffed a chance to get the winner late in the game.

“We created a lot of chances,” said Rooney. “We didn’t manage to take one, but I thought we played some great stuff.

“We’re going through a tough time but we’ve all stuck together and put up a great fight. It’s a disappointing result as we dominated the game.”

United take on Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League.

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