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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Louis van Gaal didn't offer to resign as Manchester United manager - sources

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says the only reason Louis van Gaal is still manager at Man United is due to his reputation.
The ESPN FC crew discuss if Jose Mourinho is a viable replacement for Van Gaal at Man United.
The ESPN FC panel debate if Ryan Giggs is capable of taking over if Van Gaal were to leave before the end of the season.

Manchester United have denied manager Louis van Gaal offered to resign following Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Southampton, sources have told ESPN FC.

It was reported on Monday that Van Gaal spoke to United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about his future immediately after their sixth Premier League defeat of the season.

During those discussions it was alleged that Van Gaal offered his resignation -- but the club have dismissed those suggestions, with the 64-year-old returning to work on Tuesday.

After he and his players had both Sunday and Monday off, as was always scheduled, footage on Sky Sports News on Tuesday showed Van Gaal arriving to take training at the club's Aon Complex in Carrington.

Van Gaal's side are next in action in Friday's FA Cup fourth-round trip to Championship side Derby County.

Loud boos rang around Old Trafford following the final whistle of Saturday's game against the Saints as Van Gaal endured what he later described as the worst reaction he has heard from United supporters during his time in charge.

He also said they were "right to boo" and added: ''I'm very disappointed that I cannot reach the expectations of the fans.

''They have -- or they had -- great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them.''

The Red Devils, whose style of play has been under scrutiny this campaign, had just one shot on target during the defeat.

They are now five points off the top four in fifth place, 10 points behind leaders Leicester and have won only three of their last 13 matches in all competitions, a sequence which has included seeing them exit the Champions League.

ESPN FC correspondent Richard Jolly and the Press Association contributed to this report

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