Jamie Carragher discusses Man United’s Louis van Gaal dilemma
Jamie Carragher discusses Louis van Gaal's situation at Manchester United ahead of Sunday's clash with Arsenal
Jamie Carragher admits that he is not sure whether Manchester United fans will want Louis van Gaal to enjoy a successful end to the season – because it could mean that he stays on as manager.
The Dutchman has been under continuous pressure this season due to his side’s stuttering form in all competitions.
United are currently fifth in the Premier League and six points adrift of the top four heading into the final 12 games of the season.
Back to back victories over Shrewsbury Town and FC Midtjylland have gone some way to easing some of the pressure on the under-fire Dutchman.
With United still in the FA Cup and in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League, Van Gaal could still salvage what has been a disappointing campaign thus far.
However, former Liverpool defender Carragher admits that he is not sure what United fans would want to see happen.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Carragher said: “After hailing the debut of Marcus Rashford, Manchester United’s unexpected hero, Louis van Gaal began talking about a turning point in the season.
“Beating FC Midtjylland has opened the door to a brilliant Europa League draw, a last-16 showdown with Liverpool. That two-legged tie will sandwich the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford against West Ham. United are out of the title race but they still have two excellent chances to win silverware.
“But I have been thinking to myself: how many United fans actually want it to be a turning point?
“When a manager is reaching the end of his time at a club and fans are desperate for change, there is always a fear that winning a trophy might lead to the man they want out staying on — would success in the FA Cup or Europa League mean Van Gaal will be in charge next season? Or will everything be determined by whether Van Gaal finishes in the top four?
“Kenny Dalglish, remember, won the League Cup with Liverpool in 2012 and took us to the FA Cup final but he lost his job because we finished eighth in the table.”