Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Danger Ditching Van Gaal So Early

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Danger Ditching Van Gaal So Early

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Byline: Patrick Barclay

IF the power structure at Manchester United involves decisions being made by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward with advice, when needed, from such directors as Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, you cannot help but feel a little sympathy for them.

There must, of course, be a temptation to sack Louis van Gaal and replace him with the eagerly almost pantingly available Jose Mourinho. Fans disillusioned with the Dutchman's style would be off their backs for a moment though even this would carry risks, for style was, until recently, perceived to be the main reservation about Mourinho.

Results might also improve, as they did when David Moyes was sacrificed for Van Gaal but again it's a moot point because Van Gaal arrived at United when they were seventh and took them into the top four where, until Saturday, they remained. So it's hardly a Chelsea situation. And Londoners should not imagine Mourinho is as revered around Old Trafford as he rightly remains in SW6. …

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