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Louis van Gaal: Daniel Levy knows he could have hired me

"In the balance, we are still ahead", he said of the comparison between Spurs and United.

The Times adds United players are "growing increasingly frustrated" with the Dutchman's tendency to blame them for poor results. "Everyone knows this is the last chance".

"And still we have one day less than West Ham United, because that's also important".

United were completely overrun by Tottenham during a scintillating seven-minute period of the second half but Van Gaal, who opted to join United rather than Spurs after the 2014 World Cup finals, was adamant that he had no regrets about his decision. "So I hope that we will improve our communication because this is a very important game for us".

A failure to do so is likely to see the end of Van Gaal's tenure, but his rocky relationship with the players could have a bigger impact in the coming weeks.

The Red Devils were outclassed by the hosts as they suffered their ninth defeat of the season.

The pair have a strained relationship after falling out during Ibrahimovic's time with Ajax, when van Gaal was the club's technical director.

The Reds may be under pressure going into the last-ever cup tie at Upton Park but van Gaal expects his players to deliver when the stakes are so high.

They have six Premier League games left and could play three more matches in the FA Cup if they win Wednesday's sixth-round replay at West Ham United and go on to reach the final. "Rooney has never given us any reasons to do that and I expect him to start playing well again and I expect him to be on the plane to France".

Van Gaal still believes his side can finish in the top four though and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Nevertheless Van Gaal hoped the United backline could cope better against Carroll and co, than they had at White Hart Lane: "I've seen the Andy Carroll show".

"Qualifying for the Champions League would help me when I am speaking to players in the summer". A 3-0 win against United is fantastic. "We have to take what we can from today and we have to move on and look forward to a massive game on Wednesday".

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