Manchester United bagged another late winner to secure all three points against Newcastle last night - not that Ryan Giggs looked overly impressed.
Ashley Young pounced on a catastrophic mistake by Tim Krul in the 89th minute at St. James' Park to seal all three points after another unconvincing display from the Red Devils.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal celebrated the late winner wildly, but the same couldn't be said of his assistant Giggs. The Red Devils legend was unmoved by the drama and in the end received a pinch on the cheeks from his boss - but even that wasn't enough to raise a smile.
After the game Van Gaal didn't comment on the incident, but the suggestion is that Giggs was unhappy with another insipid performance from Manchester United and had seen enough.
Previously there had been no hint of any problems between Van Gaal and Giggs. Before last night's game Giggs had spoken of his relationship with the Dutch boss, having been handed a role on his coaching staff following his appointment in the summer.
: "We're getting on really well, we have done since the day we met. He's been brilliant for me and I'm learning all the time."
Despite the performance, Manchester United still remain in contention for a top four finish. Six points separate them from Tottenham down in seventh place, although Mauricio Pochettino's side have a game in hand after their Capital One Cup final appearance on Sunday.
After the game Van Gaal was adamant that his Manchester United side are on the right track, and was keen to praise his side's spirit afterwards.
"I have a fantastic group," the Dutch boss said. "They have the spirit and, in spite of all the criticism, they want to win and always play good football. Today I think we played good football."
Ryan Giggs reacted how most Manchester United fans did - no small amount of relief but no joy either. He was part of a swashbuckling side that did their all to win throughout the 90 minutes - not by scraping their way to victory time and time again.
The Red Devils aren't fun to watch at the moment and it is as simple as that. Van Gaal's job is to make the top four and it looks like he is doing that, but he must also put smiles back on the fans' faces. He's doing one but not the other at the moment - and this cannot go on.
How much more time should Louis van Gaal be given in charge of Manchester United?
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