Revealed: Manchester United chiefs hold talks about Van Gaal future
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The future of Louis van Gaal was discussed by the Manchester United hierarchy in the wake of the club’s defeat to Norwich on Saturday, Football Insider sources understand.
Senior United officials led by the Glazer family, who won the club, discussed Van Gaal’s position following a six-match run without a win, including three consecutive defeats.
A United source has told Football Insider that the Dutchman’s position is safe for now but there is growing impatience within the Old Trafford corridors of power about the team’s poor form and lack of progress.
The manager’s position is on the agenda after the Premier League giants slipped to their third consecutive loss on Saturday.
A 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Norwich followed losses to Bournemouth in the Premier League and Wolfsburg in the Champions League, which meant elimination from Europe’s premier competition.
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After Saturday’s defeat at Old Trafford, supporters turned on manager Louis van Gaal by roundly booing him from his seat in the dugout all the way to the tunnel.
Asked afterwards at his post-match media conference if he feared for his position, Van Gaal said: “Yes of course I am worried about that because I know that belief in a manager is very important.”
The Dutchman, 64, could not give a definite answer when asked if he will be given time to turn the situation around at Old Trafford.
“Yes I think so but I never know, in this world, you never know. It is not up to me, but we shall see,” he explained.
The defeat for United, coupled with victories for leaders Leicester, leaves Van Gaal’s fifth in the Premier League on 29 points, nine adrift of the top.
Van Gaal has had to regularly defended his team’s playing style this season, with ex-players and supporters critical of their lack of adventure.