The Reds were held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford but were unlucky not to find the back of the net, having hit the woodwork twice within the opening 20 minutes. Man United were impressive during the opening spell and had Chelsea on the back foot early on but were unable to capitalise on their good work up to the final third.
Many saw the game as do-or-die for van Gaal, whose position at United has come under immense scrutiny in recent weeks. The poor run of form has meant that the Dutchman’s job has been under threat but he was grateful that the players showed more fight and intensity against the Blues than they have in recent times.
“I thank my players for the performance but we need a victory. It gives a lot of hope for the fans. My relationship with players, board and staff members is very good. There is no reason to sack me,” the manager said.
“The results are not good enough. I know that, they players and board know that. It can be different in about one month.”
The draw means United will go through the whole of the month of December without a win, a statistic that is concerning for everyone associated with the club. Despite the improved display, a single point against a team in the bottom half of the table simply isn’t good enough for United and is sure to add to the pressure on van Gaal.
The former Holland manager made it obvious that he thinks he is the right man for the job, even though support for him is dwindling. With many fans calling for a new manager at the helm, it could be the last we see of van Gaal at Old Trafford as United try and recover from their awful first half of the season.