Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has insisted that Louis van Gaal‘s position as Manchester United manager would be untenable if he failed to secure Champions League football next season.
Wins over Manchester City and Everton in recent weeks steered Man United into contention for fourth spot.
But following a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Spurs on Sunday, the Dutchman’s side lie four points behind fourth-placed City with six games of the season left. Speaking after the game, Carragher opined that finishing outside the top four would lead to van Gaal losing his job.
“Of course it’s a massive blow,” said Carragher when asked about the ramifications of this defeat with regard to United’s top four hopes.
“They got into the Champions League last year. The fact that they did it last year and they could miss out this year, it looks like they’re going backwards under Louis van Gaal. I don’t see him at the club next year if they don’t get into the top four. It’s maybe debatable if they do.”
Last season’s steady recapturing of Champions League football was supposed to be a stepping stone for Man United and van Gaal. After undergoing the transitory stage, along with signing some big names and having the whole of preseason to gel, a title assault looked on the cards for the Dutchman’s men.
The reality, however, is far gloomier. As a joyless season reaches its conclusion, it seems as if reaching the top four last term will be the zenith of van Gaal’s achievements at Old Trafford, who has simply drained the life out of players and fans alike with his outdated system. Carragher claims that van Gaal’s position is untenable if United fail to reach fourth spot – but that is being far too generous. Van Gaal’s position as United manager became untenable a long, long time ago.