Louis van Gaal’s popularity amongst the Manchester United supporters has plummeted to a new low following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Perhaps the most concerning aspect for the Old Trafford faithful was the fact this result came as no surprise whatsoever. They’re now resigned to watching uninspiring, tepid performances on a weekly basis.
For those United fans who have lost faith in Van Gaal - and the number continues to grow day-by-day - there could be some light at the end of the tunnel. It was reported last weekend that Old Trafford officials were prepared to stick with the veteran Dutch coach until the end of his contract in 2017 - even if it means missing out on Pep Guardiola - but there has been a twist within the past 12 hours. Scroll down to find out more.
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ESPN claim to have been told by sources that United have “significantly upgraded” contact with Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola, who is likely to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season.
The report adds that United briefed journalists about their support for Van Gaal last weekend because it was just days before the Red Devils’ biggest match of the season so far - the decisive Champions League group stage match against Wolfsburg.
Man City may have got there first...
It’s understood, however, that Van Gaal’s failure to win that match - leaving Manchester United out of Europe’s premier club competition - has cast doubt about the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s role as the main man at Old Trafford.
United are concerned, though, that they may have left it too late.
Sources have also told ESPN that Manchester City are “extremely confident” they have sealed Guardiola’s services for the next three seasons.
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