Manchester United officials having second thoughts about Louis van Gaal

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Just ten days ago, Manchester United's press office briefed the country's biggest newspapers saying they would happily reject Pep Guardiola if he became available next summer.

The reason? They believed Louis van Gaal was doing a stellar job at Old Trafford and would rather extend his contract next summer than terminate it.

Oh, how quickly things can change. An inglorious Champions League exit followed by a disastrous defeat to Bournemouth has left the Dutchman facing a torrent of scrutiny. The board who are growing concerned with the growing amount of discontent in the squad, have changed their position.


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ESPN report that while the Red Devils remain well within the Premier League title race, the underwhelming performances from the players is starting to grate on the powers that be. Most concerning, there is a feeling that those poor performances will only get worse unless Van Gaal can win the squad back over.

Sources within the club have told ESPN that some players who had previously enjoyed Van Gaal's iron fist have now "completely turned against him" in recent weeks.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has shown a reluctance to take on any advice from the players despite the fact that results are not going their way. 

January talks

There now appears to be plenty of hesitation amongst the top officials to back Van Gaal in the January transfer market.

Up until recently, they had planned to back him with a big budget to supercharge a title bid, but they are worried that allowing him to make a signing will only further establish his stamp – which may be uprooted in the summer.


However, there is a sense that despite falling into the Europa League, winning the title in any way, shape or form will be very positive and a big signing, especially in the attacking department, could go a long way to delivering it.

Even if the players remain unhappy, as long as Premier League glory remains possible, Van Gaal is likely to stay in charge.

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