However, the manager has received support from his compatriot Tim Krul who has insisted that the Dutch manager remains the best man to lead the Red Devils out of their current malaise.
“Under van Gaal I experienced the highest level of professional football,” the Newcastle United goalkeeper told De Telegraaf [via Goal].
“Does he as a coach make a difference? Yes, of course. Under him, everything is top notch; organisation, training, discipline, everything.
“With van Gaal at the helm we [the Netherlands national side] went up one level.”
However, despite the support of Krul, LVG still has much to prove to the United supporters, who were not slow in calling for Jose Mourinho to step in and replace him following the Portuguese coach’s dismissal from Chelsea earlier in the season [Telegraph].
While van Gaal ensured qualification to the Champions League last season—something that his predecessor David Moyes had failed to do—he oversaw a miserable first-round elimination from the European Cup this season.
Similarly, United’s dire form in the Premier League—they lost three consecutive matches to Bournemouth, Norwich City and Stoke City during the Christmas period—has seen them drop out of the top four.
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The Red Devils meet Sheffield United at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, before going to St. James’ Park to face Krul’s Newcastle on January 12.
The Dutch keeper was ruled out for the season in October after suffering a cruciate ligament injury [Daily Mail]