Manchester United suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions yesterday. Stoke City defeated the Red Devils 2-0 at their home and United are now sitting at the sixth position.
This was yet another boring display by Louis Van Gaal’s men. They have now got only two points from their last six Premier League games. Naturally, Van Gaal’s career at Old Trafford is at stake.
The Dutchman revealed last week that he had received calls from United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Former chief executive David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson also called Van Gaal as his future went under scrutiny. Rumors are that he is going to be sacked if the team loses against Chelsea this Monday. However, some fans are speculating that the manager may even be shown the door before the next match.
Van Gaal addressed this issue while talking to press. “Be there for Chelsea?” he said. “You will have to wait and see. But I think so.”
He also accepted that he is having a tough time after consecutive losses. And another humiliating defeat at the hands of Stoke City only aggravated the problems. However, Van Gaal does not think that he is about to be sacked. In his opinion, he is feeling the support of all the officials and the players.
But what did Ed Woodward and other authorities told him? Van Gaal responded, “I don’t say it to you because it is not any of your business.” According to reports, the manager was warned that he might have to leave if the team fail once again. However, he denied, somewhat surprisingly, “No, because I can also quit by myself.”
He also added, “But that is something that I speak with Ed Woodward by himself and not with you and I don’t have to say that to you. It is not like that in the football world.”
Some people are thinking that a sacking may hurt Louis Van Gaal’s pride and stature. Does that mean he is going to quit on his own? When asked about this, he said, “That’s also something what I don’t have to say. But I have said already in former press conferences that it is not always like that – that the club has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do it by myself. I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and with my members of staff and players.”
Whatever it may be, there is high chance that the Chelsea clash may be the last match for Manchester United under Louis Van Gaal’s stewardship.
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