Jamie Redknapp believes winning the FA Cup and finishing in the Premier League top four would not be enough to save Louis van Gaal’s job at Manchester United this summer.
The Dutchman has faced growing speculation surrounding his future at Old Trafford this year with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho heavily linked with a move to Man United at the end of the season.
United face Crystal Palace at Wembley in the FA Cup final on May 21 and are only five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand but Redknapp believes van Gaal will be sacked at the end of the campaign, even if United claim silverware and a Champions League position.
“I don’t think reaching the top four and winning the FA Cup would save his job, but what it would do is give him an opportunity to leave with his head held high,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“But I’m not convinced; I’m not sure how you can say he’s done a good job. It hasn’t been good enough, and is not exciting enough for what Manchester United fans want to see.
“It’s a difficult one because you can keep changing managers as much as you want. They had one manager in 26 years and they’ve already had two in three years, but it depends what you want.
We may end the season with an FA Cup trophy and a Champions League qualification spot but it’s hard to look past the abysmal football under van Gaal this campaign and Redknapp is absolutely correct to suggest he should still be sacked.
United are currently in a poor position as we still need to win all of our remaining games to try and sneak into the top four, heading into a difficult fixture against Leicester City it’ll be make or break for our Champions League ambitions.
Objectively and subjectively, I would be very surprised to see van Gaal in charge at Old Trafford next season.