So, it’s officially confirmed - Louis van Gaal has been sacked as Manchester United manager.
The Dutchman endured two underwhelming campaigns at Old Trafford with many downs and very little highs.
In his debut season, he led United to a fourth-place finish. It was far from a disaster but it was hardly exciting as they finished 17 points behind champions Chelsea.
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But it was the following term that the damage was done. Mundane football, terrible results and just 49 Premier League goals meant that not even FA Cup glory could save Van Gaal.
With news of his sacking coming just 48 hours after leading his side to their first major trophy since 2013, some may claim he was harshly treated.
But we’ve scoured through the bad, the terrible and the ugly to find Manchester United’s worst five results under Van Gaal. While his managerial performances during the two months wasn’t good enough as a whole, these results were extremely damaging to his status.
Warning, United fans won’t enjoy reliving some of these matches.
MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United - August 26 2014
The result says it all. Van Gaal hadn’t made the greatest starts to his managerial career at Old Trafford and it certainly wasn’t helped by being thrashed by the League One side in the League Cup. To make matters worse, the away side didn’t even register a shot on target until the 72nd-minute.
Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United - 8 December 2015
When United were drawn in a Champions League group with PSV, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg they must have been licking their lips. But after a 3-2 defeat to the Germans in the final group fixture, they were licking their wounds. They led after 10 minutes and were still heading through when they equalised in the 82nd minute. But they conceded two minutes later and ended up finishing third in the group, with just eight points from six matches.
Manchester United 1-2 Norwich - 19 December 2015
When you look back at days like this, it’s remarkable that Van Gaal lasted another five months in the job. United were booed off by their supporters after being beaten at home to Norwich - who were eventually relegated. It was the third defeat in a row and two shots on target during the whole match summed it up.
Stoke City 2-0 Manchester United - 26 December 2015
Just one week after the humiliating defeat at home to Norwich, United were humbled by Stoke on Boxing Day. It was their fourth defeat in a row and left them nine points behind league leaders Leicester. It was a match that Van Gaal also decided to drop his captain, Wayne Rooney. The pressure was rising.
Midtjylland 2 Manchester United 1 - 18 February 2016
We all know that United thrashed Midtjylland in the second-leg - thanks to Marcus Rashford - but we can’t forget about the first tie in Denmark. United had just lost to Sunderland and their opponents, who were formed in 1999, hadn’t played for 71 days due to their season finishing. United fans are used to competing against the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League and this was a disastrous night for the club.
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