Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal is reportedly at risk of being sacked if his side lose to Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup on Monday night.
According to The Daily Star, there is a growing feeling amongst the staff at Old Trafford that a loss to their lower league opposition would ultimately be the last straw for the Dutchman.
Furthermore, an exit in Europe later in the week against Midtjylland, with the Danish side leading 2-1 on aggregate following the first leg, would also bring executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward into the firing line.
Both men have faced criticism this season, with Van Gaal in particular coming under intense scrutiny as the Red Devils look as though they will miss out on a place in the Champions League next year.
With the shadow of Jose Mourinho hanging over the former Ajax boss, it remains to be seen whether or not he can oversee an improvement in results in the next seven days, as it could well be crucial with regards to his future at the club.
Although the Portuguese tactician has been strongly linked with the post in recent months, it is also still suggested that Ryan Giggs is in contention to at least take charge until the end of the campaign.
As a result, this promises to be a defining week for United as they look to keep their cup hopes both home and abroad alive as Van Gaal fights for his future. It won’t be easy for the 64-year-old either given the injury crisis he is currently suffering with, and so this will certainly continue to be a testing period of his career.
The Dutch tactician’s contract at Old Trafford runs until the end of next season, but given all the difficulties that he has faced this year, it is unclear if he will return, or if the club may act before he has a chance to decide.
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