Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal revealed yesterday that he could quit the club after helping them to their worst run of form for over 20 years.
United lost 2-0 at the hands of Stoke City on Boxing Day, leaving The Red Devils without a win in their last 7 games. As the full time whistle blew at the Britannia, boos rang out from United fans followed by chants for Joe Mourinho. Van Gaal responded with a wave.
The Dutchman was asked at his post-match news conference whether he feared he would be sacked, and he responded with an unlikely answer.
The 64-year-old said he would discuss his future with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and not the media, also admitting that he may walk out on his own accord.
“It is not always the club that has to fire or sack me,” he said.
“Sometimes I do that by myself, but I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and my members of staff and my players, not with you.”
Many agree that United are no further forward from the David Moyes era at the club, despite Van Gaal spending a whopping £250m since his arrival. The pressure LvG is under is apparent, with many bookies already paying out on him to be the next Premier League manager sacked!
However, Van Gaal remains confident that the club support him:
“I feel the support of my players and my board. The fans will be disappointed but that is logical after four defeats.”
“For me it’s much more important that people are saying that to me,” he said. “I am not so interested in public sayings.”
It remains to be seen what lies ahead for Van Gaal, but it’s clear there will be developments within the next few days.
[Quotes via BBC Sport]