Mark Lawrenson: Why I feel sorry for Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal

Mark Lawrenson says Louis van Gaal is the right manager for Manchester United at the wrong time

The Sport Review staff
By    

Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Louis van Gaal is the right manager at the wrong time for Manchester United.

The Red Devils booked their place in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday night thanks to a 5-1 win against Danish champions FC Midtjylland in the second leg at Old Trafford.

He was the right man for United, but his time was five or 10 years ago

Mark Lawrenson

Van Gaal has made it through a potentially fatal week after a 3-0 win against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night ended a two-game losing run.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach is contending with speculation linking Jose Mourinho with his job at the end of the season.

Former Liverpool defender Lawerenson has sympathy for the 64-year-old following a tough season in charge of the 20-time English champions.

“The more I look at Louis van Gaal’s situation at Manchester United, the more I think he is the right man in the right place at the wrong time,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“I am starting to feel a little bit sorry for him because he has been a great manager with a fabulous record, but that was yesterday and football has moved on so much.

“The days of being solid, staying in position and trying to pick the opposition off have gone. You need to have pace and the ability to tear through teams in the last third, and Van Gaal has not really grasped that.

“He was the right man for United, but his time was five or 10 years ago.”

United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

MORE: The latest Man Utd news and views

MORE: The latest Man Utd player tweets

The Red Devils host Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

MORE: 10 players Man United could sign in the summer transfer window

MORE: Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Dubai Duty Free WTA preview
The Sport Review
Dubai Duty Free WTA preview: Kerber eyes No1, but Konta joins injury withdrawals
Slideshow
The Sport Review
10 players Man United could sign in the summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd stars feature
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: Meet the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife Larissa Pereira
The Sport Review
Dele Alli: 15 photos of Tottenham midfielder’s stunning girlfriend Ruby Mae
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Chelsea WAGs: Meet David Luiz, Oscar and Willian’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Photos: Man United’s forgotten man trains with Shaw, Bailly ahead of Saint-Etienne trip
The Sport Review
Guillem Balague provides update on Arsenal and Liverpool managers
The Sport Review
Juan Mata makes honest admission about Chelsea v Man United