Paul Merson’s three-word answer when asked if Louis van Gaal will stay at Man United

Paul Merson gives blunt response when asked if Louis van Gaal will stay at Manchester United if he wins the FA Cup

Paul Merson has expressed his doubts that Louis van Gaal will last as Manchester United manager even if the Dutchman wins the FA Cup at the end of the season.

The Red Devils look unlikely to finish in the Premier League’s top four after a 3-2 defeat by West Ham United at Upton Park despite leading 2-1 thanks to Anthony Martial’s brace.

The 20-time English champions need Swansea City to do them a favour against fourth-placed Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, while the Red Devils must beat Bournemouth in their final home game of the Premier League season.

Should United finish fifth, Van Gaal’s can secure some consolation with victory over Crystal Palace and winning their first FA Cup trophy since 2004 when Roy Keane and company beat Millwall.

Asked if winning the cup would save Van Gaal, Merson told Fantasy FC podcast: “No. Not now.”

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United are in fifth place in the Premier League table.

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