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Manchester United should sack Louis Van Gaal immediately!

Louis Van Gaal, ED Woodward, Manchester United, Jose Mourinho
It is understood that United chief executive Ed Woodward has held talks with senior players and figures at the club to discuss Van Gaal and the team’s recent performances.

The Europa League defeat at FC Midtjylland should have been the last straw. But Manchester United, presumably with the fear of a pay-out clause, doggedly refuse to sack manager Louis Van Gaal. And Van Gaal, in his infinite wisdom, refuses to resign.

In between all of this the club are out of the Champions League, losing in the Europa League, were non-starters in the League Cup and are a definite mid-table Premier League side currently.

United’s reluctance to part with their current manager boils down to the fact that they’ve never had to indulge in petty managerial politics during the Premier League era. Sir Alex Ferguson was a constant and David Moyes, despite his failings was an obvious replacement, personally endorsed by his fellow senior Scot. Van Gaal on the other hand was a hardened but left-field selection and safe to say, it hasn’t worked out.

The 2-1 defeat at Midtjylland mirrors the beginning of the end for Moyes as well. Two years ago, United lost to Olympiacos 2-0 in a Champions League knockout tie. They would overturn the deficit in the second leg but the slide that led to Moyes’ sacking had begun.

Van Gaal’s side too are likely to defeat Midtjylland over two legs but Van Gaal needs to be ushered into an early retirement (Van Gaal said he’s retiring after his United stint). Towards the end of the Moyes era Manchester United waited until they were mathematically unable to qualify for the Champions League before sacking him. They cannot afford to make the same mistake twice.

Currently Manchester United are six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with 12 games to go. City, having confirmed a sea of change in management and playing personnel over the summer, are on the slide. The title looks like a three-horse race between Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal. The Manchester neighbours are in a fight for Champions League football.

If they want to qualify for next season’s premier European competition United need to replace Van Gaal with Jose Mourinho immediately. The former Chelsea manager has eyed the United throne in the past but is very clear that ‘clubs approach him, he doesn’t approach clubs’. Instead of bringing in Mourinho as Pep Guardiola’s adversary (once again) in the summer, United should act now and give themselves that psychological edge even before that famed rivalry re-ignites. And, with Mourinho in charge, six points is not a lot especially with the Manchester Derby to come.

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