Louis van Gaal lambasted the media on Thursday but seemed to admit that a defeat to Derby County in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday could end his managerial career at Manchester United.
Widespread reports claimed that Van Gaal, 64, had offered to resign following United’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Old Trafford last weekend.
The Dutchman vehemently denied those claims on Thursday, as he came out swinging at the assembled media ahead of United’s clash at second-tier Derby.
Despite his brazen persona, the veteran boss seemed to admit defeat could mean the end.
“It is the third time I am sacked and I am still sitting here,” Van Gaal scoffed. “Now I cannot lose any more – then for the fourth time that I have been sacked.”
“When you lose it is worse. I predicted before Southampton. Now I cannot lose any more because then for the fourth time I have been sacked… Then it might be the truth.”
If United do lose to Derby the pressure on LVG will be unbearable.
Despite sitting inside the top six of the Championship and chasing promotion to the PL, the Rams have lost three of their last four games and have conceded seven times in their last two outings.
Surely defeat to Derby would be the end for LVG.
But does anybody else remember another United manager who saved his job thanks to an FA Cup win? Yeah, the parallels between Sir Alex Ferguson‘s rocky start to life at Old Trafford and the pain LVG is currently experiencing is clear.
It certainly won’t have a similar ending but United, and especially LVG, now need morale-boosting runs in the FA Cup and Europa League plus at least a fourth-place finish to help them salvage a hugely disappointing season.