Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Louis van Gaal’s future at Manchester United will depend on the outcome of the FA Cup final fixture next month.
United meet Palace at Wembley in a repeat of the 1990 final, a trophy which helped Sir Alex Ferguson keep his job 26 years ago before he went onto win 13 Premier League titles, four more FA Cups and the Champions League twice. With van Gaal on the edge, parallels between that game and United’s clash with Palace.
The Dutchman’s side are currently sat fifth in the Premier League table, five points off the Champions League qualification places for next year and reports suggest former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will take over at the end of the season.
With all that in mind, Pardew insists it could be van Gaal’s last chance to save his career at Old Trafford.
“I remember Sir Alex’s career hinged on that game and maybe LVG’s career will hinge on this,” Pardew said.
“I like the guy [Van Gaal]. He’s had some terrible, terrible press and I look forward to seeing him in the final.”
Van Gaal’s position has come under-fire during a disappointing campaign and the FA Cup is his last chance to contest for any silverware this term but whether it would be enough to save his career is a different argument altogether.
United were once regarded as a European powerhouse and a regular challenger for the league title but have since recently been hanging on in the race to finish in the top four in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement. It was an expected transition but still remains one which fans have struggled to adapt to.
Looking ahead to what we’ve got left this season, our win over Everton booked a place in the the FA Cup final but with a tough game against league leaders Leicester City, this week could be make or break for our Champions League ambitions which is a far bigger indicator of van Gaal’s relative success this season or not.