Harry Redknapp: Why Man United won’t sack Louis van Gaal
Harry Redknapp explains why he doesn't think Manchester United will sack Louis van Gaal
Harry Redknapp says he doesn’t expect Manchester United to sack Louis van Gaal despite Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Southampton.
The 20-time English champions managed to register one shot on target before Southampton substitute Charlie Austin scored an 87th-minute winner at Old Trafford.
Sacking the manager now would be effectively writing the season off
The Red Devils are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the race to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Van Gaal is facing increasing speculation surrounding his future at Old Trafford, although the Dutchman is taking training ahead of their FA Cup clash against Derby County.
Writing in his Daily Telegraph column, Redknapp explained why he believes United will stick with the 64-year-old former Barcelona manager.
“With every bad result, and there have been quite a few this season, the pressure cranks up a notch and we see all the headlines about Van Gaal facing the sack or resigning from his post,” Redknapp said.
“But I cannot see anything happening with Van Gaal because, quite simply, if United wanted to get rid of him they would have done it by now.
“Van Gaal will still think he can achieve things this season, despite all the struggles, and sacking the manager now would be effectively writing the season off.”
The Red Devils host Stoke City in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Tuesday 2 February before making the trip to defending Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday 7 February.
Van Gaal replaced David Moyes at United in May 2014.