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Ex-Liverpool playmaker urges Manchester United to back under-pressure van Gaal despite Mourinho availability

Former Liverpool attacker Jan Litmanen has urged Manchester United not to pull the plug on Louis van Gaal‘s tenure.

Litmanen, who is currently on a coaching course in his homeland of Finland, has re-affirmed the Dutch coach’s qualities despite his troubles in England.

While United overcame Sheffield United to advance in the FA Cup on Saturday, they wholly lacked attacking invention and offensive creativity that the Red Devils fans have come to expect from the north-west giants, heaping further pressure on the Dutch coach.

United may have ended their winless streak with victory over Swansea City at the beginning of 2016, but they were miserable at the tail end of 2015, with calls for either assistant manager Ryan Giggs or recently liberated Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to take over from LVG.

“Sometimes, things happen very quickly in football,” Litmanen told Voetbal Football [as per Goal].

“I hope that van Gaal gets time at Manchester United, because he works hard and, with his method, he’s been successful everywhere.

“I know that van Gaal has been allowed to invest a lot of money, but Manchester United are not an easy club since the Alex Ferguson era.”

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The Red Devils have not only been eliminated from the Champions League—following a group-stage defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg in the final match—but they’ve also slipped out of the top four in the Premier League.

At the time of writing, they find themselves fifth in the top flight, and face an away trip to Newcastle United in midweek.

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