Louis van Gaal insists there is no added pressure as Manchester United manager despite the club’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Lamine Kone’s late header gave Sam Allardyce’s side the win after Anthony Martial had cancelled out Wahbi Khazri’s early opener.
Man United looked to close the gap on the teams above them in the Barclays Premier League for a chance of reaching top four this season and qualifying for a place in the Champions League.
Asked after the game whether this defeat puts him under more pressure, van Gaal replied: “No. I have to do my work and I do my work to my utmost best. I cannot do more. I shall prepare my players against Midtyjlland 100% and I shall do that always.”
Quite how van Gaal can have so much self belief after that performance and that result is beyond me. We were nothing short of atrocious against a team who were 19th in the Premier League and the saddest part of it all was that nobody was surprised, it’s just another loss in a dismal season.
I’m not sure when the van Gaal train will pull into the station and stop but it really does look like Ed Woodward and the board are going to stick by van Gaal until the bitter end. It’s madness at this stage.