After losing the fans' faith, it's time for Louis van Gaal to leave Manchester United

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Charlie Austin's 87th-minute winner for Southampton on Saturday came as little surprise to Manchester United fans.

It's fast becoming the same story every week: the Red Devils enjoy a lion's share of possession, create very few meaningful chances and suffer the consequences through a late goal.

As a result, the signs of defensive improvement under Louis van Gaal are no more.  


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United have been unlucky to suffer so many injuries, with Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Phil Jones amongst the long list of defenders currently sidelined, but this should serve as no excuse for the standard of football served up.

The system that Van Gaal favours, in which Wayne Rooney plays as a lone striker, is utterly unsuitable to the Englishman, who works better when given the ball to feet rather than played in behind.

Marouane Fellaini will never be the creative midfielder that Van Gaal seemingly views him as, whilst Juan Mata, one of the greatest creative talents in the last decade of the Premier League, appears afraid to risk a through ball.

The fast and exciting style of play once associated with Manchester United is no more.

The question that continues to linger, therefore, is when, rather than if, the Dutchman will depart the club? How much longer will the United board allow their reputation as the home of English football be tarnished?

With Jose Mourinho unemployed and Pep Guardiola departing Bayern Munich this summer, it seems the perfect time for a fresh start.

Ryan Giggs - another in the running to become manager - is the obvious choice as interim until the end of the season, which would please fans. Change is needed, and Van Gaal heading through the exit is just the start.

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