Sack Race favourite Louis van Gaal continues to disappoint at Man Utd

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 17 February 2016, 12:40

Louis van GaalThis week The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) focuses his attention on the under-fire Louis van Gaal, whose future at Manchester United continues to dominate the headlines, with rumours rife that Jose Mourinho is preparing to replace the Dutchman in the dugout.

LOUIS van Gaal says he would be disappointed if he learned that Manchester United had been talking to other managers behind his back.

Manchester United supporters should be thoroughly disappointed if they haven't.

Manchester United fans and the people who run the club have every right to be extremely disappointed at what the surprisingly self-assured Dutchman has delivered in the 21 months since he took over as manager.

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Even without knowing the full details of LVG's contract it's a fair assumption that he has fallen a long way short of what he vowed to deliver to the owners of the world's biggest football club when he took his extremely well-paid job.

The results have been way below par, the spirit in the team is shocking at times and the standard of the football as entertainment has been 'disappointing' to say the least.

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Last Saturday's capitulation at Sunderland was LVG's reign and the current Manchester United in a nutshell.

No fight, no matchwinner and no doggedness to drag that win from somewhere, anywhere within themselves.

The only thing at Manchester United which is obstructive, stubborn and awkward at the moment is the manager in press conferences.

In the dugout at Chelsea ten days ago he showed little passion - across the technical area from compatriot Guus Hiddink, their face-off was as flat as Holland itself.

This week LVG's reputation and that of the world's most popular club will take a further hammering when Manchester United experience the ignominy of travelling to Denmark to play in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland.

Out of the title race in England but stuck in Europe playing against B-list opposition. Thursday's match is a spectacle in itself purely to witness how the mighty have fallen under LVG.

An entire tier at Old Trafford will be shut for the return leg due to lack of interest from the punters.

So much for the supposed 659 million 'fans' they have but that's another matter.

What is at the core of Manchester United this season is utter disappointment.

And if it only takes one season dropping out of the Champions League to trigger partial shutdown at Manchester United it shows that the patience of supporters or 'customers' as they are now called is wearing thin pretty sharpish.

Louis van Gaal is just another one among the growing number of foreign coaches realising that English football still maintains one of its most cherished traditions - competitiveness.

He is a good and experienced manager and has proved it but thankfully over here we don't just hand the league title to the same team every August then sit back and watch.

Pep Guardiola will discover this next season in what will be the ultimate test of his potential at Manchester City.

But for now Louis van Gaal's job is to turn disappointment and disillusion into success and entertainment and if he can't then he has no cause to complain if his employers start looking elsewhere.

It's as much a part of football as the game itself these days when commercial pulling power is as powerful if not more so, than anything your players can provide on the pitch.

And there is only one word needed to sum up what Manchester United are giving us at the moment when they lace up their boots under LVG: disappointing.


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