Louis van Gaal has offered to quit Manchester United, believing the team ‘is gone and beyond help’, says The Independent.
Their Chief Sports Writer Ian Herbert writes – and is backed up by similar claims in The Times – that the Dutchman ‘has told sources that he now believes the team have gone, feels ashamed by four consecutive defeats – a run almost unprecedented in his managerial career – and does not know what more he can do’.
Both reports suggest that Van Gaal first raised the prospect of leaving the club after the defeat to Norwich; that was then followed by a Boxing Day disaster at Stoke. Our Daniel Storey believes that his job is now untenable.
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United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has apparently told Van Gaal that the club still believes he can turn things around despite this disastrous run, but it is expected that defeat to Chelsea on Monday will see him walk away from the job.
According to The Independent, ‘Woodward reaffirmed to Van Gaal this weekend that the club are not contemplating sacking him and are prepared to look at how they can reinforce the squad in January’.
Van Gaal cut a disconsolate figure at Stoke on Saturday and seemed short of ideas to reverse the slump, saying: “When you lose four matches in a row it’s much more difficult.
“It’s like that. And the pressure of the environment shall increase, so it’s much more difficult and there are no ways artificial ways to solve that. We need a victory and that is very important.
“When you lose in a top team then it is always more difficult to cope with your environment and you cannot say that it is in Manchester much more different.
“You see, of course, that different players cope with that pressure. That is also in other teams.
“It’s for every individual player, for every human being, different how they want to cope with it – and it is not so easy.”