Louis van Gaal is looking more and more likely to see out his three-year contract as Manchester United manager.
The Daily Mail report staff at the club expect him to stick around for 2016/17, barring both failure to win the FA Cup and finish in the Premier League’s top four.
United are just 7/20 to lift the former at Crystal Palace’s expense, while they’re 3/1 to book a place in the Champions League via their divisional finish.
Meanwhile, the paper suggest, admittedly with zero in terms of quotes to substantiate their claim, that allowing LvG a third season would see the club miss out on Jose Mourinho, long expected to take over at Old Trafford this summer.
Van Gaal won his first Eredivise in his third campaign at Ajax, the club where he made his name during six campaigns with the Godenzonen in the nineties.
However, since then, things have tended to go pear-shaped whenever the Iron Tulip has lasted beyond a second term at a team.
He left the Amsterdam Arena to take over at Barcelona, where he led the Blaugrana to successive league titles in 1998 and 1999.
The following campaign saw him axed despite finishing second to Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.
During the 1999/00 season, tensions between the Dutchman’s footballing philosophy and that of the Catalan club and several of their star players that had been festering since his arrival finally became irreconcilable.
Just once since has he lasted three campaigns in a role, at AZ Alkmaar, where he spent four terms between 2005 and 2009.
The fourth of those saw him win the Eredivisie, while the first and second saw him guide the Cheeseheads to second and third-place finishes.
Yet, somehow, his third campaign was, once again, one to forget.
Van Gaal announced he would leave the club at the end of 2007/08 after failing to build on his earlier work by finishing 11th, only staying on because several members of his squad asked him to.