Louis van Gaal has conceded he's not up to the job of turning Manchester United around, and offered to quit his job after the loss against Norwich, according to the Times.
The Dutch coach is under serious pressure after overseeing just three wins in his last 14 games, as well as defeats in each of the Red Devils' last four outings. Another loss against Chelsea this afternoon would, in all likelihood, end Van Gaal's time in charge at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho linked with taking his place.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach's position looks even more shaky this morning after an explosive report in the Times, which claims he held talks with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward over the weekend and offered to walk away.
The paper adds that Van Gaal feels 'powerless' to arrest Manchester United's alarming slump, which continued with a Boxing Day loss against Stoke. A fifth straight loss - which would be the Red Devils' worst run in 79 years - would signal the end of his tenure.
The 64-year-old is said to have offered up his job to the Manchester United board on Saturday after the 2-1 loss against Norwich, however the powers that be at Old Trafford wanted to give him the chance to turn things around.
The most damning aspect of the report comes when discussing the game against Chelsea. The Times' northern football correspondent James Ducker writes: "Privately, he [LVG] is thought to have as good as written off United’s prospects of overcoming Chelsea, such is the fear that has gripped the players."
“It’s very difficult,” Van Gaal said when questioned about putting in an improved performance against Chelsea. “It’s very difficult because we have to recover. It’s very tough to do that, I’m aware of that.”
One of Van Gaal's final acts could be to restore Wayne Rooney to his starting line up, having dropped his captain for the loss against Stoke.