By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Louis van Gaal has revealed he will hold talks with Manchester United chiefs about whether to quit as manager.

The under-fire Dutchman moved a step closer to the exit door when his side suffered a 2-0 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day, their fourth defeat in a row.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Van Gaal said he intends to speak to the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, and hinted he might be ready to offer his resignation.

“I can quit by myself but that is something I speak about with Ed Woodward by himself,” the United manager said. “I will speak with him first and then with my staff. I need to have a conversation but I do not need to tell you what I want to say. I am not so interested in public talking.”

The public is talking about him, however, and the first thing it wants to know is whether he will still be in a job when Chelsea visit Old Trafford on Monday. “You will have to wait and see,” he said. “But I think so.”

United’s defeat at Stoke follows losses at the hands of Wolfsburg, Bournemouth and Norwich, their worst run since 1990.

The Premier League giants have now lost four competitive matches in a row within a single season for the first time since the 1961-62 campaign, and have extended their win-less streak to seven games.

They have slipped to sixth in the Premier League and could drop to seventh if Watford win at Chelsea later on Saturday afternoon.