Van Gaal hints he could leave Manchester United after losing to Stoke

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Louis van Gaal hints that he could leave Old Trafford after watching Stoke City beat Manchester United 2-0.

Van Gaal hints he could leave Manchester United after losing to Stoke

SHOWS: STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 26, 2015) (NICHE MEDIA – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER LOUIS VAN GAAL SAYING:

“I have said already in former press conferences that it is not always like that, that the club has to fire or sack me – sometimes I do it by myself. So, but I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and with my members of staff, with my players and not with you. “

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STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 26, 2015) (NICHE MEDIA – ACCESS ALL)

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER LOUIS VAN GAAL REPLYING TO QUESTION ABOUT HOW MUCH LONGER HE THINKS HE HAS IN THE JOB, SAYING:

“Yeah, that’s the question, that’s always the question but I have said already, also on television, there’s another situation because we lost the fourth match in a row so there’s again another situation but I feel, I feel the support of everybody in the club.”

STORY: Louis van Gaal hinted that he could vacate the Old Trafford hot seat after watching Stoke City swat aside his timid Manchester United team 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday (December 26).

Goals from Stoke forwards Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic punished United for a dreadful start at a blustery Britannia Stadium and although the visitors improved in the second half they could not repair the damage.

Dutchman Van Gaal has now overseen a seven-match winless run in which United have been eliminated from the Champions League and fallen out of the Premier League’s top four after successive defeats by Bournemouth, Norwich City and Stoke.

Having criticised the media and stormed angrily out of his pre-match news conference on Wednesday, there was an air of resignation about Van Gaal’s comments after the loss — United’s fourth in a row in all competitions.

“I have said already in former press conferences that it is not always like that, that the club has to fire or sack me – sometimes I do it by myself. So, but I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and with my members of staff, with my players and not with you,” Van Gaal told reporters after the match.

When asked how long he thought he had left at the club, Van Gaal said: “Yeah, that’s the question, that’s always the question but I have said already, also on television, there’s another situation because we lost the fourth match in a row so there’s again another situation but I feel, I feel the support of everybody in the club.”

United, down to sixth in the Premier League, face struggling champions Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday and few would be surprised if Van Gaal was no longer in charge.

The 20-times English champions have traditionally been associated with swashbuckling attacking football, but apart from a brief flurry after the break when Van Gaal brought his captain Wayne Rooney off the bench, they were woefully short of belief or leadership.

Van Gaal looked powerless as he clutched his notes while sitting uneasily on the bench next to assistant Ryan Giggs.

Stoke’s opener after 19 minutes summed up a truly awful first half for United.

It got even worse for United when Bojan’s free kick was blocked and with no defender closing down Arnautovic he thundered a shot past De Gea.

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