Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Van Gaal's Exit Appears Inevitable at United's Theatre of Farce

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Van Gaal's Exit Appears Inevitable at United's Theatre of Farce

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Byline: Patrick Barclay

GARETH BALE'S hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, halting speculation that Zinedine Zidane's elevation might signal the beginning of the end of his Real Madrid sojourn, came at a bad time for Louis van Gaal.

Indeed every day seems a bad time for Manchester United's manager. He takes on the press for speculation that he could be replaced by Jose Mourinho and there can be only one winner, even if the reports turn out to be wrong. Meanwhile Old Trafford, far from the glamour of the Bernabeu, turns into the theatre of farce.

You'd have thought United had lost to Sheffield United, rather than achieved a victory for persistence over renowned cup fighters who won 3-0 on a Premier League ground admittedly QPR's at the same stage last season.

Ironic cheers had greeted the first serious attempt on goal and there was a revealing image of Van Gaal muttering something to Ryan Giggs, who ignored him with an irritated blink. …

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