In his column, Jonathan Northcroft says that Ed Woodward and the Glazers have both given their backing to van Gaal and want to stick to a long-term strategy which would see Giggs succeed the Dutchman. Only another downward turn in results would be enough to see van Gaal sacked.
The fanbase has been split following four successive defeats to Wolfsburg, Bournemouth, Stoke and Norwich and many now feel we won’t progress under van Gaal. That has led to a lot of calls for him to be sacked.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to what is best for the club and that’s a very subjective matter which is going to cause plenty of debate among fans.
There are two distinct options: sticking with van Gaal with the aim of bringing Giggs in afterwards or replacing van Gaal as soon as possible to bring in a replacement and change direction immediately.
In the first instance, we would at least be working to a long-term strategy but there is so much risk associated with bringing Giggs in without prior experience. Is that a risk United would be willing to take following the David Moyes debacle?
Of course, sacking van Gaal would carry a large degree of risk as well because there are no guarantees his replacement, be that Jose Mourinho or anybody else, would turn our fortunes around straight away.