Manchester United must pay huge compensation fee if they sack Louis van Gaal now

Published 2 Comments

Football News

It increasingly seems to be a question of when, rather than if, Louis van Gaal will be sacked by Manchester United.

The veteran Dutch coach is under severe pressure following 18 underwhelming months at Old Trafford and speculation is rife that he will be dismissed if United are dumped out of the FA Cup by League One outfit Shrewsbury Town tonight, four days after Thursday night’s shock defeat to minnows Midtjylland in the Europa League.

However, according to The Sun, United will need to pay Van Gaal a huge £10 million compensation if they sack him while it remains mathematically possible for the club to secure Champions League football for next season.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article:

If true, this significantly increases Van Gaal’s chances of remaining in charge at Old Trafford until the end of the season.

However, consecutive defeats against Midtjylland, Shrewsbury and then Midtjylland again within the space of a week could make the 64-year-old’s position untenable.

David Moyes had similar clause in his contract

Manchester United sacked David Moyes, Van Gaal’s predecessor, after it became mathematically impossible for the Red Devils to secure Champions League football for the 2014-15 campaign and the same could happen to the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach.

Ryan Giggs, as he did for the final weeks of the 2013-14 season, could take charge of the Premier League giants on an interim basis until the summer if Van Gaal is sacked.

United risk missing out on Jose Mourinho

If Manchester United wait until the summer before appointing a new manager, though, they risk missing out on Jose Mourinho.

The revered Portuguese coach has reportedly made it clear to United - per the Guardian - that he will not be left in limbo by the Red Devils.

United fans have lost faith in Van Gaal

The majority of Manchester United fans appear to have lost complete faith in Van Gaal and are looking forward to a change in management this summer - if not sooner.

While it’s true that Champions League qualification is still obtainable for United, their 2-1 defeat to relegation-threatened Sunderland earlier this month was a major blow.

Van Gaal’s men subsequently find themselves six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who arguably boast a stronger squad than their local rivals, with 12 matches left to play.

Following the cup matches against Shrewsbury and Midtjylland, Manchester United then face a tough-looking fixture against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

At this moment in time, it’s hard to imagine the beleaguered United coming out of that particular fixture with anything more than a point.

Manchester United fans: would it be better to pay Louis van Gaal the £10m in order to sack him now - or should the Glazers and Ed Woodward wait until the summer?

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Premier League
Louis van Gaal
Wayne Rooney
Jose Mourinho

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again