Louis Van Gaal’s position at Manchester United has been perilous for quite some time now. Poor form, tepid football, and growing discontent amongst supporters has left the Dutch manager on the brink of being sacked.
In fact, following defeats to Sunderland and FC Midtjylland in the space of a week, and a run of 8 losses in 15 games, many Manchester United fans are adamant that Louis Van Gaal should now be sacked.
Over the last few weeks, rumors linking Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese manager who was sacked by Chelsea back in December, with the post at Old Trafford have been gathering pace. But, Manchester United are yet to move for Mourinho, despite the clamber that Red Devils fans have for the Portuguese to replace Louis Van Gaal.
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In fact, they seem to be caught in some kind of footballing purgatory. While it’s extremely unlikely that Louis Van Gaal will be in control at Manchester United come the start of the 2016/2017 season, fans are insistent that he should no longer be manager for the remainder of this campaign, too.
Following the embarrassing spate of defeats in the last week, United fans believe that enough is enough, and that Van Gaal should be sacked sooner rather than later. But, when will that actually happen?
Despite the calls for Louis Van Gaal’s head, there has been no news or rumors about when the Dutch manager will actually be sacked. Until now, as the Express insists Louis Van Gaal still has three games left to save his job, even though United have been resolutely awful for the last few months.
Manchester United are willing to give Louis Van Gaal this period of time because they’d previously hoped that the Dutch coach would remain in control until the end of the current campaign. At this point, Manchester United might have organized a mutual agreement between themselves and Van Gaal to get him out of his contract a year early, which would have then paved the way for Jose Mourinho to replace him.
The back-to-back defeats to Sunderland, who are currently in 19th place in the Premier League, and FC Midtjylland, who are regarded as Danish minnows and hadn’t played a professional game for two months before Thursday’s game, have forced the Manchester United board’s hand.
Rather than jumping now and finally sacking Louis Van Gaal, the Manchester United board have decided to still give him some more time. According to Express‘ sources, if Manchester United are knocked out of the FA Cup by Shrewsbury Town, who are two leagues below the English giants, are unable to beat FC Midtjylland in the Europa League this coming Thursday, or either lose or draw to Arsenal in the Premier League next weekend, then they will sack Louis Van Gaal.
The club’s reasoning is that this will have effectively brought their current campaign to an end in the month of March, as Manchester United are currently in pursuit of winning the FA Cup, Europa League, and finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
Louis Van Gaal has 3 Games to save his Job as Jose Mourinho has an Contract agreement with Man Utd. [Express] pic.twitter.com/EPVmA5N9GO
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However, even if Manchester United does claim one of these prizes, it’s not likely to be enough for Louis Van Gaal to remain in the job at Old Trafford. Fans have long grown tired of the tedious play that they’ve been subjected to under the manager, and it’s widely believed that, having spent around $300 million on talent to mold the current team in his image, they’ve actually either stagnated or gone backwards during his tenure.
The appointment of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford would breath new life into the club, something that’s much needed. Under Van Gaal, Manchester United are currently in the equivalent of a coma.
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