Paul Ince criticises Louis van Gaal for "ridiculous" Champions League comment

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Is there anyone out there who genuinely believes Louis van Gaal is doing an OK job at Manchester United?

Well, it certainly doesn’t seem that way, with the vast majority of fans calling for the Dutchman’s sacking this summer following another underwhelming Premier League campaign.

An FA Cup final awaits Van Gaal and his Red Devils yet victory over Crystal Palace might not be enough to save his job, especially so after missing out on Champions League football for next season.


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Club legends have also scrutinised the 64-year-old, with Paul Scholes particularly inclined to fire criticism at the much-maligned United boss.

And it seems Van Gaal has made a new enemy in Paul Ince, who became the latest to complain about his managerial approach.

The 48-year-old told Sky Sports: “It’s not just about winning a trophy. He (Van Gaal) said winning a cup was probably better than finishing in the top four.

“But that’s ridiculous as far as I’m concerned.

“They need to be in the Champions League and winning the FA Cup doesn’t change that."

Ince particularly bemoaned the style of play that Van Gaal has implemented at the Theatre of Dreams.

"I think it’s more about the football the fans have seen this year," he added.

“It’s not the exciting, free-flowing football, creating chances. They’ve struggled to score goals and the tippy-tappy football they have been playing has not been great.

“If they win it’ll just cover over the cracks and if they lose, Ed Woodward (chief executive) will have a decision to make.”

The former midfielder remains unsure if FA Cup success will save Van Gaal from the axe but likens his situation to the one Sir Alex Ferguson faced 26 years ago.

United beat Palace in the 1990 final and in turn saved Ferguson from being sacked.

“In 1990 we went to Nottingham Forest (3rd round tie), won 1-0 and Mark Robbins scored,” Ince continued.

“People said if we hadn’t have won, it would have been the end of Alex Ferguson.

“We won the game, went on to win the cup, then the European Cup Winners’ Cup, League Cup and the Premier League. So maybe that is parallel to this situation.”

Where Van Gaal’s take on his future is concerned, the Dutchman insists he will be manager next season.

Following his side’s mid-week victory over Bournemouth, he said, bluntly: “Yes [I will be manager], because I’ve signed a three-year contract.”

For a man of his experience, Van Gaal should know that contracts count for very little when it comes to being sacked - just ask Jose Mourinho.

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