Jamie Carragher believes only Champions League football can save Louis van Gaal his job at Manchester United.
United produced yet another insipid performance in the 3-0 drubbing at Tottenham on Sunday, leaving Van Gaal’s job prospects appearing increasingly bleak.
And former Liverpool defender Carragher argues that the Dutchman’s comments that United “were at least equal” to Spurs prior to the opening goal are evidence of the club’s decline.
“It looks like they’re going backwards. In terms of Louis van Gaal, I don’t see him at the club next year if he doesn’t get top four,” he told Sky Sports.
“Manchester United are a much bigger team than Tottenham, although Tottenham have a better side at the moment, and [Van Gaal] is talking about how well they played.
“The fact we’re saying United played well, we even mentioned it at half-time. That’s United playing well now, without ever looking like scoring in that first half.
“[Tottenham] could have scored five or six today. [Anthony] Martial had the one chance at 0-0, but that’s what it’s come to now, where Van Gaal is actually pleased that they just gave Tottenham a game.
“That’s what he said: ‘Before the first goal, we’ve given them a good game’, but this is Manchester United and they’re talking about Tottenham as if they’re Real Madrid!
“I’d be worried listening to my manager speaking like that after a game.”