Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal launched a verbal tirade against his players on live television following his side’s hugely disappointing defeat at the hands of Stoke City.
Van Gaal was speaking to SkySports immediately after his side’s horror show at the Britannia Stadium came to a close. When asked about the performance of his players, LvG said, “My thoughts are that we don’t dare to play football in first half. We gave a very bad goal away and then they score out of a free-kick indirect.”
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager is under massive pressure after seeing his side lose their last four Premier League matches. In fact, United have been so poor that they have not won a game in almost five weeks. The pressure is on Van Gaal who has chosen to blast his players for their poor performances as well. Manchester United board have asked LVG to resign.
Their idea is to let LVG resign so they can save a lot of money.
The Dutchman added, “At half-time we have spoken with each other and I have to say the second half was much better but still we have created one or two chances and then you have to score and then maybe the belief is coming back. In the second half we played better but the problem is we don’t dare to play and that’s my analysis.”
The criticism didn’t end there for the players as Van Gaal further mentioned, “I’m always very faithful and I see also how they have trained so they want to perform well but the circumstances are difficult, not only the wind but also with the pressure and that’s why, in my opinion, we don’t dare to play football. Second half we were in a losing position and we can give everything more easily and that we have done but then you have to score the first chance.”
Finally, Van Gaal was asked about what he felt regarding the pressure that he was under, to which the Champions League winner replied, “It’s more difficult because I’m also a part of the four matches that we have lost. People are looking at me and I have to deal with that, but much more important is that the players have to deal with that because they have to perform.”
Earlier during the same interview, Van Gaal hinted that he could indeed resign from his position as the manager of Manchester United Football Club even before his bosses decided to relive him of his duties. All eyes will be on Old Trafford as United take on Chelsea in what is believed to be the Dutchman’s last chance to save his United career.