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By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Louis van Gaal has dropped a strong hint that he does not expect to be Manchester United manager for much longer by only taking a short-term house lease.

According to the Sun, the under-pressure United manager has just signed up for a new home with a month-by-month rolling letting contract.

This comes as the Premier League giants close in on appointing Jose Mourinho as his Old Trafford successor.

Since Van Gaal was named United manager in the summer of 2014, he has lived with wife Truus for the last 18 months in a four-bedroom flat near the upmarket suburb of Hale in Greater Manchester.

But the property’s landlord wants to move back in and she has served him notice to quit by the end of this month.

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In response, Van Gaal, 64, has now struck a deal to rent a £1.4million apartment in nearby, leafy Bowdon.

But, according to the report in The Sun, he refused to commit to a six-month tenancy. So instead of paying the advertised rent of £3,000-a-month, the Dutchman has agreed to pay over the odds for a month-by-month rolling contract.

It is said he will pay around £4,500-a-month for the option to give a month’s notice if his tenure at Old Trafford abruptly ends.

Van Gaal is under severe pressure as United were eliminated from the Champions League before Christmas and are fifth in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of leaders Leicester and six behind Manchester City in fourth place.