United’s season so far has been erratic to say the least with strong home form undermined by a series of unimpressive away performances and results. Louis Van Gaal, has ridden a wave of post David Moyes, pre-season optimism into the new year but now for many Reds the Dutchman’s halo is beginning to slip somewhat as his decisions, coupled with the football leave us expecting a lot more. Rather than being relieved the Moyes era is over, we’re being reminded of it. Van Gaal is no longer looked upon as the uber successful trainer coach with the philosophy that’s a formula for trophies, he’s become the stubborn, out of touch relic, who’s over-thinking has turned even the most run-of-the-mill game where you’d expect an easy win, into a drawn out game of chess culminating in dropped points.
United need to start winning games consistently, not an easy task when you look at our run of games in March, but if as Gary Neville suggested Van Gaal is going to keep his job even if we don’t make the Champions League then he needs to convince the fans that the team is at least moving in the right direction. One way to almost immediately persuade the Old Trafford faithful that Van Gaal has indeed not only lost the dressing room, but also the plot would be to let David De Gea leave not because he wants to but because he’s not wanted.
Spanish paper AS reports:
“What is pushing De Gea away from Manchester and nearer to Madrid is his bad relationship with Van Gaal.”
“They have not spoken to each other for a few months.”
Losing De Gea could prove fatal for Van Gaal if it emerges the keeper departed because he wasn’t wanted, or at least felt he was being ignored by the United boss.
No player is bigger than the club, but some players can be the difference between a manager who’s got some convincing to do, keeping his job or not.