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Louis van Gaal could extend Manchester United stay

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Louis van Gaal promised his wife he'll leave football on the expiry of his United contract, but an extension apparently isn't out of the question anyway.

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Louis van Gaal yesterday held his traditional pre-match press conference in advance of today's Champions League clash at home to Wolfsburg. In it, he spoke of United's German opponents among other things, and you can read a pretty comprehensive recap of the exchanges in the Mirror.

Regarding team news, Van Gaal has revealed that Michael Carrick will not play (*elated cheers* / *horrified groans* -- delete as applicable), while Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are both doubts. The latter was expected to start at right-back in the absence of Luke Shaw (with Matteo Darmian shoved over to the left), so the prospect of him being out raises some interesting questions. Questions as utterly fascinating as: "Will Ashley Young Play At Left-Back Against Wolfsburg?"

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor has written a full article on the most interesting press conference nugget: namely that the United boss could sign an extension at Old Trafford. It has been widely expected that he'll leave United -- and football -- on the expiry of his contract at the end of next season, though when questioned yesterday he replied: "Normally I shall leave after next year but what is normal in our football world?" WHAT A TEASE.

And finally, some good old fashioned self-publicity. You can read Andi's excellent Wolfsburg 2009 retrospective here, and my preview of today's match here.