Louis van Gaal seemed utterly down and unsure of his future employment after watching Manchester United lose 2-1 at home to Norwich.
Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey scored the goals as Alex Neil’s side inflicted United’s first home league defeat of the season.
The result surely leaves Van Gaal on the verge of the sack, with Jose Mourinho coughing pointedly from the wings.
“We were not good enough to win; that is a fact, we have lost,” said Van Gaal. “The fans are expecting that we win and we expect the same. We have never lost this season at home and we are in a bad period and you can see what (a lack of) confidence is doing to my players. We have to stick together now and come out of this bad period, but you have seen this is not so easy.
“Of course I am worried about [Mourinho’s sacking] because belief in a manager is very important. And when you lose as a manager that confidence decreases.
“That is happening now, and I cannot close my eyes to that.” I always say something to the players. Today it was very hard to say something, but I said something that will stay with the players. I don’t think a change of management shall bring direct success. I am – or maybe I was – a good manager.”
United's effusive backing of Van Gaal two weeks ago spectacular timing. Getting the vote of confidence in early.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) December 19, 2015