Gary Lineker sends apology to Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Gary Lineker apologises to Louis van Gaal in advance for any criticism of Manchester United on Match Of The Day

Gary Lineker has apologised to Louis van Gaal in advance for any criticism of his Manchester United side following their 2-0 loss to Stoke City.

The Red Devils slumped to their third successive Premier League loss after goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic at the Britannia Stadium.

United manager Van Gaal was in a prickly mood during his pre-match press conference on Thursday following the media’s recent criticism of his players and their persistent speculation surrounding his future.

Match Of The Day host Lineker couldn’t resist a sarcastic tweet aimed at the 64-year-old manager following their resounding defeat by Stoke on Boxing Day.

The Red Devils are winless in their last five Premier League games following their 2-0 loss to the Potters.

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United host defending Premier League champions Chelsea in their next top-flight fixture on 30 December amid talk of Jose Mourinho taking over the reins at Old Trafford from Van Gaal.

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