Champions League exit should be the final straw for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

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Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night after suffering a 3-2 defeat away to Wolfsburg.

And after fans publicly berated Louis van Gaal and his dictatorship following the demoralising defeat the question is simply: is it time the Dutchman was sacked at Old Trafford?

United’s defeat meant their opponents finished top of Group B, while PSV Eindhoven, who beat CSKA Moscow, reached the last 16 as runners-up.


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The Red Devils' woes in this season's Champions League began on match day one when they lost to PSV away from home, drawing 0-0 with the Eredivisie side in the return fixture.

The disappointing results cost United their place in the last 16 and the blame has to fall at the feet of the manager, who failed to identify weaknesses in the opposition and refused to stray from his rigid footballing philosophies.

From the outside, pundits, fans and ex-players still struggle to believe what has happened to the once kings of English football. Since Van Gaal took over, teams have become increasingly confident of stealing victory against his side.

The club no longer holds the fear factor that took so many years to build up; the expansive, fast attacking football has dried up to nothing more than square passes and sporadic shots.

United fans could accept the new-found style of play if they were in the running for silverware, but in their current plight it looks like a top-four place in the Premier League is the best they can hope for.

Van Gaal has succeeded in strengthening his defence, but in doing so has shackled some of the club's creative and imaginative players.

Angel Di Maria's failings epitomised this. The Argentine arrived in Manchester as one of the best attacking midfielder’s in world football, yet after three months he looked like a shadow of the player who won the Champions League with Real Madrid. He fled the following summer.

Therefore, Van Gaal's tenure must soon come to an end, with Pep Guardiola or Carlo Ancelotti his replacement.

If the United hierarchy fail to do this and Guardiola ends up at another Premier League club, any hopes they have of winning the title are gone for the foreseeable future.

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