James Ducker from The Times, Martin Samuel from the Daily Mail and Matt Law from Daily Telegraph were all on Sunday Supplement this morning discussing Manchester United.
The most pertinent points came from Ducker who discussed Man United’s situation, van Gaal and the difficulties behind the scenes. Here’s a short summary of what Ducker covered:
– Said this is the defining week for van Gaal. Losing to Shrewsbury and going out of the Europa League would see him sacked
– Says United, as a club, are keen for the season to just be over
– Says United don’t want to sack van Gaal mid season and Ducker gives his own opinion that there is a huge problem with the football management structure
– Woodward is openly admitting he knows little about football
– Woodward’s wife is now good friends with van Gaal’s
– Says United cannot afford to get another summer transfer window wrong
Ducker is certainly not wrong in saying there are huge problems at United. Right from the U18s through to the first-team and the management structure behind it, we’re a club who are years behind our counter-parts. Just like van Gaal has failed to adapt to modern management, United as a club have failed to modernise sufficiently.
As for van Gaal facing the sack if we go out of the FA Cup and Europa League this week, that has to be an absolute given. The Dutchman’s failures are continuing to pile up and it’s now a case of when he goes, not if. Could that be this week? Potentially by the looks of it.
United want the season to be over and so do the fans, so the sooner we can move on from another tumultuous season and actually look towards rebuilding the club the better.