Video: Michael Carrick’s support of Louis van Gaal as weak as Man United’s performance in Stoke loss

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Michael Carrick was thrown to the lions after Manchester United’s 2-0 loss to Stoke City.

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The veteran midfielder, who captained the Red Devils today as Wayne Rooney was left on the bench, was asked whether Louis van Gaal was still the right man for the job after a seventh winless game.

Although he toed the party line as you would expect, Carrick’s answer was about as convincing as United’s performance at the Britannia Stadium, which will pile further pressure on the Dutchman.

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First-half goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic gave United a mountain to climb when Rooney was called for at the break, but the England skipper could do nothing to prevent a third straight league loss.

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Van Gaal was already feeling the heat because of below-par results, an unadventurous playing style and speculation linking sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as his inevitable successor, as The Sun reports.

This deserved beating by the Potters, which leaves United sixth in the Premier League table and potentially six points behind the top four by the end of the day, is only going to prompt more sack talk.

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