Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is on the verge of being sacked after the Red Devils suffered a third consecutive defeat on Saturday at home to Norwich. With games against Stoke City and Chelsea approaching next week, United need points sooner rather than later if they want to keep up their title challenge.
The loss at home to the Canaries on Saturday leaves them nine points off leaders Leicester.
Today, The Independent are reporting that if United lose either of the next two games, LVG will be sacked.
This mounts major pressure on the ‘Iron Tulip’, considering the poor form Man United have had in recent weeks. To avoid defeat against a tricky Stoke side and a resurgent Chelsea outfit is a big ask.
It is not only the results that have left the club frustrated with the Dutch manager, but the manner in which they have not been attacking.
With José Mourinho on the market and looking for a job, United may need to act fast if they want to secure the services of the Portuguese manager.
Despite the increasing pressure, Van Gaal believes that he has the backing of the players.
“The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the managers, and his staff is very important.
“Of course the belief of the fans in the manager is also very important. Last year we had only 13 [points, after 10 games] and they believe in me. Now we are in a bad period, we have lost three matches in a row, and their belief has been tested,” he told The Guardian.
If these reports are true, it would appears that Louis Van Gaal could be entering his last week as manager of Manchester United.