Louis van Gaal has admitted that he is unsure whether he still has the backing of his Manchester United players ahead of a make-or-break match against Chelsea.
The Red Devils are seven games without a win in all competitions and defeat to the Blues at Old Trafford could see the Dutchman axed, according to The Guardian.
But the confidence that Van Gaal arrived with in 2014 is gone and he already seems to have accepted his doom, conceding that he may not be the right man to turn things around.
“That is now the big issue,” The Mirror quotes him as saying. “I have tried to do everything but the pressure shall be higher and higher with every match. That is the problem now.”
“It is more difficult, because I am also part of the four matches we have lost so people are looking at me and I have to deal with that.”
Van Gaal has also admitted that United’s recent slump – a defeat at Chelsea would mark their worst run since 1936 – may have lost him the support of his players.
The 64-year-old replied unconvincingly when asked whether he still felt United’s players believed in him, with The Mirror quoting his as saying: “Until now, I can say yes.”
United could be as low as eighth in the Premier League table by the end of the day. David Moyes was sacked when they were seventh, and Van Gaal may soon meet the same fate.
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