Following a miserable winless run—including Champions League elimination at the hands of Wolfsburg and Premier League defeats to Norwich City and Bournemouth—the pressure on van Gaal had intensified on the Dutch coach ahead of this match.
The experienced coach has appeared on the brink of a dismissal, particularly following Chelsea’s decision to axe Jose Mourinho—seemingly a ready-made replacement for LVG.
However, speaking after United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea—as reported by The Sun—the manager has refused to accept that he’s come to the end of the road, and has insisted that the players’ performance has bought him time.
“When the players give such a performance, with this pressure, then there is not any reason for me to resign,” LVG began, speaking to the tabloid.
“I have a contract so it is not a question of staying. It is a question of fulfilling my contract.”
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Despite the point, there were some familiar problems for United against Chelsea, notably in attack, where the Red Devils draw 0-0 for the sixth-consecutive time this season.
Van Gaal’s decision to offload the likes of Robin van Persie, Nani and Chicharito during the summer has seemingly backfired, with replacements such as Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial wholly failing to replace their illustrious predecessors.