Manchester United are 19 points adrift of Leicester, they failed to advance from their Champions League group and exited the Capital One Cup in the fourth round after losing 3-0 to Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.
But, despite their troubles, Thierry Henry thinks there is one thing United fans should thank Louis van Gaal for.
The Dutchman has hardly endeared himself to the United faithful, what with his dull tactics and reckless spending, but Henry reckons the club’s youth players could struggle for opportunities if Van Gaal is sacked.
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The Arsenal legend wrote in his Sun on Sunday column: “If LVG leaves this summer and a new manager takes over, those youngsters might not get the same chances next season.
“But they have already shown they are good enough to play at the highest level and United will not want to squander all the time and effort their academy has spent nurturing this talent.”
In an era where young players are shunned at the expense of costly signings, Van Gaal deserves praise for turning Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Marcus Rashford from academy prospects into first-team regulars.
Yet it’s unlikely to save Van Gaal. According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement to replace the Dutchman at the end of the season as United look to recover from a miserable season.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach replaced David Moyes in 2014 but his tenure has been riddled with inconsistency.
The Red Devils are sixth in the Premier League table and face a crucial Manchester derby this afternoon.
Manchester City, who themselves will be changing managers at the end of the season, are fourth, four points ahead of their neighbours.