Rumours have been floating around the club that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal tendered his resignation to the board in the aftermath of the side’s weekend defeat to Southampton, but sources at the club were quick to refute such claims.
Supporters want Van Gaal gone
Nevertheless, the Dutch coach certainly looks like a man on the brink, speaking in such a defeatist attitude after games, and now perhaps resigned to the fact he can’t take the club forward. This season has been one of the worst in United’s recent history, with the Red Devils already out of the Champions League at the group stage, out of the Capital One Cup to Championship side Middlesbrough, and now five points off a top-four spot.
Van Gaal has been singled out for criticism for stripping the clubs attacking prowess in favour of a more defensive outlook, while having spent around £250M in 18 months to go backwards. United have their worst points tally at the this stage of the Premier League campaign, and are fearful of missing out on the Champions League for a second time in three seasons.
A lot of money spent to go backwards
Manchester United’s squad looks weak this season, while injuries have completely hampered their form throughout the campaign. They have become easier to beat due to being easy to defend against, and their improved defensive record means very little if they aren’t scoring the goals to turn defeats into draws and draws into wins.
Opposition sides have only needed to score once at times to get a win with United struggling to get the ball forward, and it’s hard to see how their manager will be in charge for the 2016/17 season. Manchester United‘s Louis van Gaal is 11/3 to be the next manager to leave his post this season. With the likelihood of going three years without a major trophy, the board need to get their next appointment right otherwise they risk a barren run extending in a similar fashion to the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool.
Two league wins from their last 10 games isn’t form than Manchester United supporters are used to seeing, and with only one home win since November, they no longer intimidate sides at Old Trafford. All the club stood for in Sir Alex Ferguson’s successful reign up until 2013 has been shattered in a matter of years, and Van Gaal may not even see the season out as things stand. Could the Dutch coach make an earlier departure from Manchester United?