Manchester United are planning for life after Louis van Gaal’s tenure, which will run until at least 2017, Sky sources understand.

The Old Trafford club are not ruling out Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville or Pep Guardiola taking over in 18 months time when Van Gaal’s current three-year deal runs out.

The club expect Van Gaal to at least see out the contract, and will not be pressured into acting quickly regarding Guardiola’s contract with Bayern Munich, which runs out this summer.

Both Giggs, who the club believe has developed impressively under Van Gaal, and Neville are also thought to tick many of the boxes required to take the hot seat of the 13-time Premier League champions.

Neville, announced as the new manager of La Liga side Valencia on Wednesday, was wished well by his former club, who are thought to be monitoring both his and current United assistant manager Giggs’ situation closely over the next year-and-a-half.

United maintain they are in the market for the world’s best managers, but will not be acting anytime soon to set up a replacement for Van Gaal.

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