Louis van Gaal's sacking as Manchester United manager is "inevitable" according to former England international Trevor Sinclair.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Sinclair expressed his belief that change was imminent at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal's stifling philosophy simply not compatible with United's traditions.
With many Manchester United fans growing increasingly desperate for a return to the all-action football played under Sir Alex Ferguson, Van Gaal's days seem numbered and Sinclair, speaking on behalf of 888poker.com, was sure the Dutchman is now on borrowed time.
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"I think it's inevitable (Van Gaal's sacking). I don’t think he’s lost the players I just don’t think the players have responded well to his coaching style.
"His formation and his style of play doesn’t suit Manchester United’s DNA, as a swashbuckling scorer of many goals.
"His style’s not gone down well, not only with the players but also with the fans and the bureaucracy at Manchester United.
"I think he will leave, or be pushed very shortly"
United suffered their sixth league defeat on Saturday with a 1-0 home loss to Southampton and are currently sitting on just 37 points from 23 league games, their lowest total at this stage in Premier League history.
Adding further salt to the wounds, Saturday's game was the 11th consecutive time United have failed to score in the first half of a match at Old Trafford, sparking resounding boos at the final whistle.
The Red Devils recorded just a single shot on target, quickly dispelling the notion that they had turned a corner with the recent win at Anfield, in the same week that they scored three against United.
According to the Daily Mail, Van Gaal was absent from training on Monday morning having flown back to Holland to attend his daughter's birthday, with assistant manager Ryan Giggs left temporarily in charge at Carrington.
Giggs could well be offered the manager's role should United chief executive Ed Woodward decide that change is required; however, Jose Mourinho is also still available having been sacked by Chelsea in December.
Either way, an immediate upturn in results is required with United now in real danger of missing out on the Champions League spots for the second time in three years.
Following Tottenham's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace - thanks in part to Dele Alli's goal of the season contender - United are now five points adrift of fourth place, ahead of this weekend's F.A Cup fixture against Derby County.
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