Manchester Unitedhave had a terrible season thus far and it's now rumoured United boss Louis van Gaal may resign at the end of the season, before his contract is up.

The Dutchman who is still under contract for a further year, touched on the subject of quitting last month, after United were enduring a torrid eight-game run without a victory.

At the time the 64-year-old complained about about the intense scrutiny placed on his performances and angrily turned on his heels and walked out the press conference.

United currently sit in fifth position in the Premier League, seven points behind Arsenal who are at the top of the table, with Sunday's win over Liverpool at Anfield certainly easing the pressure on the manager.

Although not obsessed with a Premier League win, it's certainly something the manager has his eyes on and still thinks it's obtainable after last weekend, even if that's slightly optimistic. And with Dutch, Spanish and German championships already under his belt, a Premier League title would be great to add to his collection.

But let's face it, he's been a manager since 1991 and at 64-years-old will be looking at retirement at some stage and after all the criticism, the one thing he will be wanting to avoid at all costs is being sacked, it would be a terrible end to an impressive managerial career.

It’s also been revealed by Dutch sources that his family and friends are becoming increasingly concerned about how the the criticism is affecting their loved one, after he admitted how speculation is affecting his performance as Manchester United manager

There is of course speculation as to who would fill Van Gaal’s boots. With Ryan Giggs not quite ready for this post, an early retirement could rule him out. But it could  pave the way for Jose Mourinho who remains the odds-on bookies favourite to become the next boss at Old Trafford.