Manchester United players are said to be convinced that Louis van Gaal won't be fired until the end of the season at the earliest, with things starting to look a little brighter after three wins in as many competitions last week.
A thrashing of FC Midtjylland followed a Monday night FA Cup win over Shrewsbury, but the highlight came on Sunday afternoon when a massively depleted Red Devils side beat Arsenal 3-2 to damage the Gunners' title chances and keep alive their own hopes of a top four finish.
Manchester Evening News report that it is not results that are necessarily keeping Van Gaal safe in his job though, but battles behind the scenes as Ed Woodward tries to avoid cutting loose a manager before the end of the season for the second time in three years.
Fans chanted Van Gaal's name at Old Trafford during the win over Arsenal, which saw Premier League debutant Marcus Rashford score a brace and provide the assist for Ander Herrera's winning third goal.
The club are said to have talked to Jose Mourinho since his departure from Chelsea, reaching a 'gentlemen's agreement' for the Portuguese manager to take over from Van Gaal at the end of the season - something the Dutchman furiously denies.
He said recently:
“No, I don’t want United to do something either. I don’t even want them to react to things which I read in the media or which are being created. We, the club and I, are not going to help the media right now by denying things.
“I think what is happening is an absolute scandal!”
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We spoke about Man United's win over Arsenal on #injuryTime this week: