Manchester United has dropped their past four straight matches this season under the leadership of manager Louis van Gaal. His team is still in 6th place in the standings, one of the top teams in the Premier League. Before they found themselves on a losing skid, they were arguably the best team in the game, but right now, they might need to shake up their coaching situation for something to happen.
Louis van Gaal even hinted at the possibility of resigning on Saturday when he was asked about the possibility of him being sacked, which is slang for being fired. According to The Daily Mail, his team is facing the Chelsea Blues at 12:30 EST today, and there is reason to believe that a tough game today could help push van Gaal to his tipping point. If he were to resign, it would be the 7th time he has done so as a soccer manager.
Even with their struggles, Manchester United may have a fighting chance at topping Chelsea today. After all, they are in danger of falling below relegation and they already sacked their manager this season.
The Blues are in 15th place in the 20 team table with 19 points in the standings. They have garnered four points in the standings in their last two matches with a win over Sunderland back on Dec. 19 and a draw against Watford on Boxer’s Day.
Win or lose, van Gaal still might be leaning towards resigning, according to the Independent. The way he talked about his team Saturday gave many the impression that he does not care about them and that there may be internal issues going on that have yet to surface to the public.
The team is urging van Gaal to stay, but he feels shame for the lack of success during his team’s most recent stretch. It is a nearly unprecedented stretch of failure in his career managing soccer teams, and there is not much he can do to fix it.
At some point this season, van Gaal is bound to leave the team. At this point, that is pretty much a guarantee. Now, the questions that remain are when he is going to either be sacked or step down and who will replace him.
The Mirror already wrote a piece eying some potential replacements for Louis van Gaal and they believe that Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea, would be the ideal replacement.
Commentary by Tom Joyce