Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes he will still be in charge of the club next season and is targeting Premier League glory.
The Red Devils rounded off a disappointing league campaign with a 3-1 home win against Bournemouth on Tuesday night, a result that saw them finish fifth in the final standings and miss out on Champions League football for next season.
Van Gaal’s men do have an FA Cup final against Crystal Palace to look forward to on Saturday, but speculation continues to gather pace that the Dutchman will not be at the club next season, regardless of the result at Wembley Stadium.
The 64-year-old has dismissed such claims and is confident he will still be Manchester United’s manager for the 2016-17 campaign.
He said: “Yes [I will be here next season], because I have signed a three-year contract.”
United finished the season 15 points behind champions Leicester, but Van Gaal is convinced his side can mount a serious challenge for league glory under his stewardship.
He added: “That is always possible because Leicester City was more or less a relegation team. We were fourth and fifth, so normally we are closer.
But in sport nothing is normal. You have to show it, you have to fight for it.”
The Red Devils won the last of their 20 league titles under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, but they have not finished higher than fourth since the Scot retired.
United are available at 7.50 to claim Premier League glory next season while local rivals Manchester City are priced at 2.63 to finish top of the pile.