Manchester United extended their winless run to eight games on Monday, as they drew 0-0 at home against Chelsea in what was considered to be a crucial game for Louis Van Gaal’s future.
Despite dominating for large spells of the game and producing some of the best football Old Trafford has seen during the Dutchman’s tenure, United failed to make their superiority count and are now nine points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and five points below fourth placed City, who have a game in hand.
Michael Carrick has dismissed rumours of a dressing room mutiny, insisting Manchester United players are still fully behind Louis Van Gaal.
The Dutchman is on borrowed time at Old Trafford following four consecutive defeats in all competitions and is widely expected to lose his job, should United fail to beat Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday.
Carrick, however, said the manager retained his players’ support.
Jorge Mendes, Jose Mourinho’s agent, has dismissed rumours suggesting Manchester United had approached the former Chelsea manager to replace Louis Van Gaal.
With the Dutchman increasingly under pressure after a miserable run of results that has seen United knocked out of the Champions League and then lose consecutive games to newly promoted Bournemouth and Norwich, Mourinho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since being sacked by Chelsea.
Sir Alex Ferguson will help Manchester United’s board in deciding Louis Van Gaal’s future and to choose the Dutchman’s potential successor.
With the United manager increasingly under pressure, the board is said to be considering his future, particularly given Jose Mourinho is available after being fired by Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola confirmed he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Louis Van Gaal has urged Manchester United to remain professional as they aim to bounce back from shocking back-to-back defeats against newly-promoted Bournemouth and Norwich.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Norwich, the first time the Canaries won at Old Trafford since the 1980s, piled further pressure on Van Gaal and his team, with both falling way short of expectations at the moment.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted he now fears for his job after United stumbled to a second defeat in a row, as they lost 2-1 to Norwich City at home.
The defeat, United’s second in a row against a newly promoted side after last week’s 2-1 loss away at Bournemouth, left Van Gaal’s side in fifth position, nine points behind league leaders Leicester City.