Van Gaal on the brink of the sack after Manchester United crash to 2-0 defeat at Stoke

By Daily Sports on December 26, 2015

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Louis van Gaal is on the brink of the sack at Manchester United after the Red Devils crashed to yet another defeat this afternoon at Stoke City.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was already under pressure to sack Van Gaal after relegation candidates Norwich won at Old Trafford last Saturday – United’s third straight defeat.

But the loss at Stoke means Van Gaal’s men have now not won in SEVEN games and fans are demanding the Dutchman is shown the door and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was fired by Chelsea earlier this month.

It is understood the board wanted to stick with Van Gaal, but accepted if the club suffered a fourth consecutive defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day his position would become untenable.

But things got off to a bad start with less than 20 minutes played when Memphis Depay made the horrible decision to try and head the ball back to keeper David De Gea with no pace on the ball whatsoever.

It allowed Glen Johnson to pounce and he drove into the area before teeing up Bojan, who stabbed home with an emphatic finish to hand the Potters the lead.

It got worse just a few minutes later when Bojan again had a hand as Stoke doubled their lead.

The former Barcelona player smashed a free kick into the sturdy United wall, but Austrian Marko Arnautovic reacted quicker than anyone to collect the loose ball before firing an unstoppable strike into the top left corner, leaving De Gea no chance.

Van Gaal brought Wayne Rooney on for Memphis Depay in the second half, and although United did pose more of a threat after the break, they could not find the back of the net and it finished 2-0.

The players are said to have lost faith in Van Gaal and his methods, despite pledging public support for their beleaguered boss.

They are understood to doubt his ability to take the team forward, having failed to build on last season’s fourth-place Premiership League finish.

And after yet another loss, his days at Old Trafford look numbered.

•Story and photo of Van Gaal (middle) scratching his head courtesy of Daily Mirror (UK).

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 26, 2015

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