With 29 points through their opening 18 games of the season, this is their worst start to a Premier League season. Ever.
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Van Gaal, 64, has seen his team go winless in seven games across all competitions and pressure continues to mount on the Dutchman with his job reportedly on the line.
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That led to him storming out of a press conference earlier this week and his post-match thoughts weren’t pleasant as questions continue to come in about his future as United’s manager. The pressure is well and truly on as he blamed the windy conditions at the Britannia Stadium for his team’s poor performance as they went down 2-0 early on and never fully recovered. Asked about his future, Van Gaal was defiant.
“That is something I discuss with [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward not you,” Van Gaal said. “It is not always the club that has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do that by myself, but I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and my members of staff and my players, not with you.”
Van Gaal was also asked about why he walked out of his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s third-straight Premier League defeat. After hitting out and claiming the media had their facts wrong — reports were circling that Jose Mourinho was set to replace him at Old Trafford — he is staying defiant.
“You don’t understand my message,” Van Gaal said. “My message is that the media are saying and writing things that does not confirm with what is happening in Manchester United, that was my message, not that I am hurt, because I am used to that… It’s another situation, we have lost the fourth game so we have to wait and see.”
Let’s see if Van Gaal is given the time by United’s board to wait and see which direction this goes in as this “situation” is quickly spiraling out of control.
With four defeats in a row in a season for the first time since 1961, United’s struggles continue as even the return of Wayne Rooney failed to spark their offense into life. With Mourinho and Pep Guardiola lurking in the background, will Van Gaal survive this dreadful run?