Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes Louis van Gaal will understand that results have not been good enough at Manchester United.
Van Gaal has come under huge pressure at Old Trafford following a six game winless run in all competitions.
Man United face Hughes’ Stoke side on Boxing Day and numerous reports have suggested that van Gaal will be sacked if he does not secure three points.
“He knows what he needs to do but he’s in that period of transition that needs navigating and getting through to the other side.
“I said last week when Jose [Mourinho] lost his role that no-one is immune. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the game previously, and his record as a top-line manager is exceptional, you have to win football matches.
“He has been in the game a long, long time and he knows better than most if the results and perception is you are not doing particularly well, you come under pressure. He understands that. We all do.”
United are out of the Capital One Cup and Champions League, winless in over a month and in real danger of failing to secure a top four spot in the Premier League.
Van Gaal consistently points to his ‘philosophy’ and insists that his work at United is a ‘process’ but it is easy to understand why fans have lost patience with the veteran coach. It seems as if it is a matter of when, not if, the Dutchman is sacked.