Steve Coppell states bold prediction about Louis van Gaal’s Man United future
Steve Coppell runs the rule over the future of Man United manager Louis van Gaal
Steve Coppell is confident that Louis van Gaal can salvage Manchester United’s season.
The Red Devils boss is facing increased speculation surrounding his future after back-to-back losses to Sunderland and FC Midtjylland over the past week.
This season is still defining, he could win the Europa League and FA Cup and everyone would say why on earth did we doubt him
Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has emerged as the favourite to replace Van Gaal if the Dutchman is sacked.
However, Coppell believes the 64-year-old won’t be sacked unless he loses to Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup followed by a defeat by FC Midtjylland in the Europa League last-32.
“It’s easy to criticise and I don’t want to be jumping on any kind of bandwagon of laying out all his faults,” Coppell told BBC Radio Five Live.
“He’s a man of quality and a man who has achieved success and at the moment this is a defining week – two good results and everyone will be looking forward, two bad results and everyone, again, will be questioning what he’s done.
“Fourteen injuries, you have to give him time. I think they’d have to lose both (for Van Gaal to be sacked). I look at both those games and United should win them both and I really think they will, I really believe they will win both games. You’d have to question it if they don’t. “Has he had his day?
“This season is still defining, he could win the Europa League and FA Cup and everyone would say why on earth did we doubt him. The challenge is still there before him and he will be very aware of that. “He is still in a situation where he can still salvage the season.”
Van Gaal’s United side are in fifth place in the Premier League table following a 2-1 defeat by Sunderland in their last top-flight game.
The Red Devils are six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City in the race to secure a place in next season’s Champions League competition.
The Red Devils host bitter rivals Arsenal in their next Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on Sunday.