Manchester United are still in with a chance of claiming silverware this season yet FA Cup success will do little more than paper over the crackers at Old Trafford.
Under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal, it’s been another underwhelming season.
Disappointing exits from the Champions League and Europa League, coupled with what looks to be another finish outside of the top four, means change is on the horizon at the Theatre of Dreams.
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And part of such change could be Van Gaal’s role as manager, with the Dutchman under pressure to deliver.
He’s failed to do so thus far and there’s a sense that time is running out to ensure he isn’t replaced at the end of the season.
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But according to Van Gaal, outside forces have played a significant and negative role in damaging his reputation at Old Trafford, specifically the media.
Furthermore, the Dutchman believes himself to be one of the world’s best managers.
At United’s end-of-season awards ceremony, per Sky Sports, he said: “I’m a coach, a manager who would rather have some authority but every day the players can read it, what do you think about my authority as well?
“What do you think about the way they want to follow my advice when the coach is shown like a nobody?
“But I am not like that. I am very arrogant. I am one of the best managers in the world.
“When the media is writing for six months I am sacked already… I can cope with that. It is not new for me. For my players, it is not so easy.”
Van Gaal insisted that expectations are too high of him at Old Trafford - an odd statement considering he claims to be one of the world’s finest.
“I am happy to give the fans a final. Expectations are too high,” he added.
“We are in a period of transition. It is not so easy. We have to meet the expectations of the biggest club in the world.”
And as if his speech couldn’t be more awkward, he took the time to discuss David de Gea’s failed move to Real Madrid in what he thought was praise.
“Everyone knows he was invited to Madrid,” Van Gaal continued.
“His girlfriend is living in Madrid, his parents, Spanish, Real Madrid is a great club but he is still here and as a manager I am so happy he is here and he deserves to win this title.”
It’s almost as if he’s trying to convince the Spaniard to leave.
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