As Manchester United prepares for the long drive down to North London and their match against to title chasing Tottenham at White Hart Lane, manager Louis van Gaal knows that a loss against Spurs could very well depending on other results make it mathematically impossible for them to qualify for Champions League football next season.
Should United lose to Spurs and Manchester City beat West Brom the Red Devils will be four points adrift of fourth place, which will leave not only players but backroom staff facing a £14 million reduction in wages and could very well get van Gaal sacked according to The Times.
Many of the clubs first team players have a clause built into their contract which says a certain part of their weekly wage depends upon Champions League qualification, and as for the 64-year-old Dutchman it could mark the point at which United part company with him, just as they did with his predecessor David Moyes, when the former Everton boss failed to qualify for Europe’s top competition.
To be honest Louis van Gaal and his approach to the team and the press has not made him too many fans up in the Northwest, and we do not expect many a tear to be shed when the inevitable that we have all been expecting happens and he is finally told to go, allowing United to play out their remaining games under the guardianship of Ryan Giggs, before Jose Mourinho takes over in the summer.
And why we here at Soccer Transfers feel as though the Portuguese manager is not necessarily a perfect fit for Bobby Charlton’s club, he will certainly be a more welcome sight on the side-lines and will no doubt give us something to talk about once he starts to give his press conferences.
So its goodbye to LVG and his clipboard, and with a little luck by the time next season kicks off we will all have forgotten about Louis van Gaal and the way he turned United into one of the worst teams to watch in the Premier League.