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Louis van Gaal wanted a two-year Manchester United contract

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that he will still be in charge next year, insisting that it was the club who wanted him to sign a three-year deal rather than a two-year one.

Van Gaal, who joined United in 2014, has a contract which runs until 2017, but he is under pressure following a testing 2015-16 season.

Although United are in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on May 21, they remain outside the top four of the Premier League and face leaders Leicester City on Sunday.

Speaking to British Sunday newspapers, Van Gaal said: "We always knew that the process would take three years. I wanted to sign only for two years. The club wanted me to sign for three years, not me. I signed for three years -- so next year you will see me again.

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"Every week for six months I have been sacked -- and yet I am still here. But this has happened to me at every club I have been at."

The Dutchman said that one of his tasks has been to rebuild the squad and he feels he has been achieving that. After offloading several experienced players, he has given first-team experience to many who have come through United's academy.

Van Gaal said: "I am doing the same job at United that I was hired to do at every club.

"People should assess the squad that I took over and make a comparison to the players we have now in terms of age."

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.

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