By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Loiuis van Gaal revealed that he has no intention of resigning as Manchester United manager following their goal-less draw against Chelsea on Monday night.
The under-fire Dutchman delivered a more optimistic verdict on his future two days after raising the possibility of quitting in the wake of the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat to Stoke.
Van Gaal said he was delighted how the players fought for him in the clash of the Premier League big guns and that only misfortune prevented his side claiming all three points.
He also claimed he had the “full confidence” of the United board.
Speaking to BT Sport afterwards about his future, Van Gaal said: “When the players can give such a performance with this lot of pressure it is not any reason to resign for me. Maybe the media wants that but I shall not do that.
“It is not a question of resigning, it is a question of fulfilling my contract. For me, it is not an interesting subject, I can have no influence on that.
“I can only work with my players. You have seen the players are fighting for me and have given a good performance.”
Speaking to the media on Boxing Day, Van Gaal said he intended to speak to the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and hinted he might be ready to offer his resignation.
United ended their run of four consecutive defeats on Bank Holiday Monday but extended their win-less run to eight matches.
Van Gaal said he felt that the club’s directors, including the Glazer family who own United, are behind him.
“I can’t say I’m very much concerned,” he told BT Sport. “I have full confidence of the board and more importantly of my players.
“It was a very good performance but we have to score the goal and we didn’t. We were out of luck two times when we hit the post with the goalkeeper beaten, we had a big chance in the second half. We are forcing the luck but we still don’t have the luck we need.”