Paul Merson ‘scared’ by Louis van Gaal’s situation at Man United

Paul Merson delivers a scathing assessment of Louis van Gaal's situation at Manchester United

Paul Merson has described the fact that Louis van Gaal is still the manager of Manchester United as “scary” and says that the Red Devils have let their standards slip.

United are currently preparing for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Shrewsbury Town on Monday night after having suffered back to back defeats in the Premier League and Europa League in the last week.

Van Gaal has found himself under intense scrutiny in recent weeks following United’s poor form under the Dutchman.

The Red Devils have struggled to produce consistent performances all season and are currently fifth in the Premier League table and six points adrift of the top four.

Former Arsenal man Merson admits that he is shocked by United’s apparent decision to stand by their manager and believes that the club are in need of a change.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Ed Woodward is the one who keeps backing him but I think that [the Midtjylland game] was their worst result since Bournemouth beat them in 1984, 32 years ago.

“This team [Midtjylland] shouldn’t be on the same pitch as Manchester United.

“How Van Gaal is staying in a job is scary at the moment. What other manager in the world – except for Arsene Wenger- would keep his job?

“I don’t know what Manchester United’s standards are anymore. They used to be winning the Premier League; I don’t think that’s their standard at the moment.”

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United’s next Premier League game is a home clash against Arsenal next Sunday.

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