Win or be fired- that is the ultimatum Manchester United’s manager Louis Van Gaal has received. Should the Red devils lose either of their next two matches, the manager can very well kiss his job goodbye. United lost their last game 1-2 to Norwich city on Saturday at Old Trafford. That reverse continues a six games winless streak in all competitions with the last three ending in defeat.
Currently sitting on fifth position in the Premier league, United were knocked out at the group stage of the Champions league as well as eliminated in the League cup. The top hierarchy at the club are not too pleased with the current situation of the club and have decided to contain it as quickly as possible. The next couple of games see Manchester United travel to Stoke city for their Boxing day clash before returning to host Chelsea two days later.
With the possibility of a sack looming at Old Trafford, rumours are that Mourinho will be taking over when Van Gaal gets sacked. Mourinho was himself sacked barely a week ago by Chelsea, but he is keen on remaining in England. Pep Guardiola is also being tipped for the job.
The Bayern Munich manager announced that he will be leaving the Bavarians at the end of the season and the 44-year-old could be prevailed upon to take up the challenge at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs, Van Gaal’s assistant, can also take up the job on an interim basis as he did after the sack of David Moyes.
Van Gaal cut a pitiable picture during the post-match interview as he disclosed that he would step down as Manchester United manager only if he feels he has lost the support of his players. When quizzed if he sensed he has lost the loyalty of his players, he responded, “No. I have seen the reaction of the players towards me”.
He also believes that he still has the backing of the board. “I feel that support, yes,” he said.