Some Manchester United players want Louis van Gaal sacked

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In the aftermath of Manchester United's defeat against Southampton on Saturday, reports began to circulate that Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward had canvassed a group of senior players over the future of boss Louis van Gaal, and asked whether they believed a change was necessary.

Now the Dail Mail are carrying a follow up to that story this morning, claiming that some believe the Dutch boss needs to be let go because the atmosphere in the dressing room has become so strained.

The news will come as no surprise to Manchester United fans, who booed Van Gaal after the defeat against Southampton, which left the club five points adrift of the top four.

The Mail add that Woodward and the Manchester United board haven't given up on landing Pep Guardiola in the summer, despite consistent reports that he's bound for Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with the job at Old Trafford, as has Van Gaal's assistant Ryan Giggs, if the 64-year-old is handed his marching orders - but Woodward is reluctant to sack another manager mid-season having let David Moyes go in 2014.

However, a major problem for Woodward and the Manchester United board is that they're in danger of missing out on the millions on offer in the Champions League if they don't finish in the top four, which would also mean financial penalties from their main sponsors.

A report in the Sun this morning claims that Van Gaal even offered his resignation after the defeat against the Saints - his eighth of the season - which was rejected by Woodward. 

Previous reports suggested he did something similar in December following a woeful run of form, but that was also rejected as Woodward bides his time before making a decision.

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