Mark Lawrenson makes bold claim about Man United and Louis van Gaal

Mark Lawrenson explains what Louis van Gaal must do to salvage Manchester United career

Mark Lawrenson believes Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United future hinges on a top-four finish.

The Red Devils set up a FA Cup final clash against Crystal Palace at Wembley later this month after a 2-1 victory over Everton in the last four at the home of English football in April.

United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and only four points behind derby rivals Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Van Gaal’s future has been a source of constant speculation in recent months amid reports axed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could take over the reins at Old Trafford in the summer.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson doesn’t believe winning the FA Cup will be enough to save Van Gaal if the Red Devils fail to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

“I think whether they make the top four or not will decide Louis van Gaal’s future as United manager – winning the FA Cup final will not make any difference,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Getting some silverware will be great but being in the Champions League means far more for everything, from sponsorship to attracting players.”

United finished in fourth place under Van Gaal in his first season in charge at the 20-time English champions.

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The Red Devils haven’t won any silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson led United to their 13th Premier League title in 2013.

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