Major doubt: Van Gaal has ruled Schweinsteiger out of the Newcastle clash

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Louis van Gaal admitted he will have to “wait and see” if Manchester United sack him after his team’s fourth consecutive defeat.
Van Gaal’s side lost 2-0 at Stoke on Boxing Day to follow losses at the hands of Wolfsburg, Bournemouth and Norwich, their worst run since 1990.
There was an air of resignation from the under-fire Dutchman as he handled questions from Sky Sports after the match on Saturday afternoon.
Asked if he can turn around the team’s wretched form, Van Gaal said: “It’s more difficult because I’m also part of the four matches we have lost.
“People are looking at me and I have to deal with that. Much more importantly, the players have to deal with that as they have to perform.
“I try to do everything but the pressure every match is higher and higher and we have to sort that out.”
Asked if the United board, led by the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, are still behind him, Van Gaal’s response was telling.
“It is another situation, we’ve lost the fourth game, so you will have to wait and see,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports.
United have now lost four competitive matches in a row within a single season for the first time since the 1961-62 campaign, and have extended their win-less streak to seven games.
They have slipped to sixth in the Premier League and will drop to seventh if Watford win at Chelsea later on Saturday afternoon.