VIDEO: 2 Robbies — Should Man United fire LVG after “a bad month?”


It’s not a great time to be Louis Van Gaal right now. Not only has it been 35 days since Manchester United won a game (all competitions) under the Dutchman, but now his employment is the Premier League’s no. 1 topic for discussion.

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Following his side’s latest defeat, 2-0 away to Stoke City on Boxing Day, Van Gaal hinted at the possibility he could resign from the Old Trafford hot seat on his own accord. Rumors that his sacking is imminent have been swirling around the 64-year-old non-stop for two weeks.

At this point, it seems a foregone conclusion Van Gaal won’t be employed by the club much longer. That’s the easy way of thinking, though. NBC Sports’ Robbie Mustoe isn’t having any of that, as evidenced earlier in the day on Saturday (above video).

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Prompted to opine on Van Gaal’s future, Mustoe had but one simple question that begs asking: “Are we at a point now where a manager has a bad month, at a club like Man United, and he’s automatically going to get fired?” It’s a question that every club — Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Man United, among others, alike — should ask themselves before pulling the plug and hitting restart every couple seasons.

United have played everything but entertaining football during Van Gaal’s season and a half in charge, and the Red Devils currently sit sixth in the league table, but what happens when the next man up — Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, or whoever they’re able to entice — has a bad month less than two years into his tenure? Does he immediately get the boot then, too?

Just a little food for thought this Boxing Day weekend, courtesy of Mr. Mustoe.

Report: Chelsea would let Juventus hire Sarri for $7m fee

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Maurizio Sarri looks set for a second-straight offseason of “Will Chelsea or won’t they?”

One year after needing the Blues to sort out the removal of Antonio Conte and compensation with Napoli, Sarri could now be moving back to Italy.

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But Chelsea won’t make any decisions on his future until after the Europa League Final in Baku next week, and reportedly would let him leave for Juventus if the Serie A side pays a $7 million fee.

Sarri also criticized the Blues’ preseason trip to America, and Matt Law’s report says the manager is fine to stay in England but may want to return to Italy. Roma is also searching for a manager.

Chelsea’s playing style under Sarri drew criticism from supporters but the Blues are in the Europa League Final, finished third in the Premier League, and came within penalty kicks of beating Manchester City to the League Cup title.

Maybe the cigarette-chomping Sarri isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but his success on the table and tournaments with a transfer ban looming was pretty solid. Chelsea could do much worse.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.

USMNT dates to host Cuba, Canada revealed

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MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.

CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.

Sites have not been determined.

Other Nations League groups are:

B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama

C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti

The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.

The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.

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