Under-pressure van Gaal may leave Man United

Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal waves during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal waves to Old Trafford fan. Could he be saying early goodbyes AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal may jump before he is pushed by the hierarchy of the Old Trafford based club.

The Dutchman signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils last season to help restore their pride after they finished seventh under David Moyes – he returned the club to the UEFA Champions League but they were soon bundled out and sent to the Europa Cup to the dismay of its fans.

But the biggest criticisms of the under-pressure Dutchman from supporters of the club and even football pundits is that he has succeeded in making the club play the most ‘boring football’ in the whole of the United Kingdom.

The 64-year-old came under serious scrutiny for his style of play and the media built so much hype that he was going to be sacked especially with managers like Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rogers, and Pep Guardiola available but he survived.

Jose Mourinho made Chelsea premier league champions again in his second season during his second spell back at Stamford Bridge and despite love from the fans – which he confessed at a time was embarrassing, the club went on to sack him for poor results as the Blues flirted with relegation.

Mourinho lost his dressing room as the players weren’t happy with his playing style and wanted a change but he refused and paid the prize.

Brendan Rodgers achieved a UEFA Champions League qualification for Liverpool two seasons ago and bought a lot of players the following season, they didn’t clique but his greatest undoing was when the board sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona while Daniel Sturridge got plagued by injuries.

That reduced the efficiency of his team and with the struggles of Christian Benteke, Firmino, and Phillip Coutinho in front of goal the team failed to mount any solid challenge for a top four spot and Rodgers was fired.

Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal (L) speaks with Manchester United's Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs as they walk off at half time, 2-0 down in the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on December 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS

Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal (L) speaks with Manchester United’s Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs . AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

No team has fired Pep Guardiola yet in his coaching career and just like he did with Barcelona he has announce that he will be stepping down at the end of the season as Bayern Munich manager six months before hand.

Reports, indicates that he has already made up his mind to join Manchester City but with the financial fair play in United’s favour, the Spaniard may be drawn to coaching the team perhaps after some friendly chats with the great Sir Alex Ferguson may convince him to sign for the three-time UEFA Champions League winners.

But the big question is: Will Louis van Gaal resign at the end of the season or be fired by the club to create space for the likes of Mourinho, Rodgers, or Guardiola?

Interestingly, David McDonnell’s Mirror story says: “Sources in Holland claim the Dutchman’s family have become increasingly concerned at the heavy toll leading the Old Trafford giants is taking on the United manager.

Van Gaal says if the players don’t like him anymore that he will leave and hopefully someone like club legend Ryan Giggs will be a reliable successor but Manchester United may not be thinking toward the Welsh man with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola available.