Robbie Savage: Why I feel sorry for Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Robbie Savage reflects on one of the worst weeks in Manchester United's illustrious history

Robbie Savage admits he is starting to feel sorry for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after another miserable week.

The Red Devils lost 2-1 to Premier League strugglers Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend after a David De Gea own goal in the 86th minute.

United are becoming such a laughing stock that I’m actually starting to feel sorry for Van Gaal

Robbie Savage

United’s week got even worse when the three-time European Cup winners succumbed to a 2-1 defeat by Midtjylland in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday evening.

And with the out-of-form 20-time English champions travelling to League One’s Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday, Savage believes United could be set for the most embarrassing week in their history.

“Even by the standards of some United defeats this season, it was a joyless experience – and unless there is a marked improvement at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday, it could get even worse for Louis van Gaal,” Savage wrote in his Daily Mirror column.

“This could turn into the most embarrassing week in United’s history.

“Van Gaal’s best effort to explain away a shocking defeat against a team who had not played for two months was to quote Murphy’s Law – everything that could go wrong did go wrong.”

Savage added: “United are becoming such a laughing stock that I’m actually starting to feel sorry for Van Gaal.”

United are in fifth place in the Premier League table but six points behind derby rivals Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

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The Red Devils host Midtjylland in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday before Arsenal visit Old Trafford on Sunday 28 February.

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