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).
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.