Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted today that he could leave his position after suffering a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions.
The Dutchman was livid after his side was convincingly beaten 2-0 at the Britannia, stating that the team didn’t “dare to play football”. This loss pushes the Red Devils out of the top 4, and means they haven’t won a game since beating Watford over a month ago.
In a press conference after the match, van Gaal admitted that he was unsure about his future and things were out of his control. The former Netherlands coach also hinted the possibility of leaving the club himself. This statement adds further speculation to an already tense situation for the club, after van Gaal stormed out of a press conference on Wednesday due to rumours about his future being openly discussed.
Stoke started brightly, with Xherdan Shaqiri smashing a shot across the fact of goal with only 3 minutes on the clock.
The hosts continued to put the Red Devils under pressure, with Arnautovic and Bojan causing problems for the United defence, and soon broke the deadlock. A terrible header from Memphis Depay sold David De Gea short, as Glen Johnson was able to pass the ball into Bojan’s path, who fired it home into an empty net.
The Potters doubled their lead in the 24th minute, with a fantastic 25-yard shot from Arnautovic rocketing past De Gea. A Bojan free kick deflected nicely into the path of the Austrian international, giving the keeper little chance as his shot nestled into the right-hand side of the goal.
Stoke had the chance to ensure the victory as Bojan played a superb ball through for Arnautovic. The Austrian beat De Gea, but beat the post also as he failed to double his tally for the game.
Manchester United played much better in the second half, with both Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera creating good chances. However, no wins in seven means that United face Chelsea on Monday with Louis van Gaal’s future in huge doubt. Oddschecker have made van Gaal 1/16 to be the next Premier League manager to face the axe.