Former England captain Alan Shearer has criticised Louis van Gaal’s actions in the transfer market, and claims that the Dutchman should be sacked as Manchester United manager should the Red Devils fail to beat Liverpool in their next game, the Daily Express report.
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United have made a promising start to the new campaign, and have booked their place in the Champions League group stage, but the former Newcastle striker believes that a draw or worse against their bitter rivals could, and possibly should, spell the end of van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford.
“I would argue Louis van Gaal cannot even afford to draw it,” he said.
“He has been asking for more time for his team to blend, for young players to develop etc. Time is up I’m afraid – the time is now.
“You cannot oversee the changes he has made, backed by hundreds of millions, and then claim you are a victim because it needs time to blend. It is your job to mould a side and I would suggest a year is plenty for a club of Manchester United’s standing.
“You can get away with the dull, functional football Van Gaal is dishing up if you are getting results. But if you go back to the end of last season Van Gaal’s league run over the last 10 games now stands at three wins, three draws and four defeats,” he added.
Shearer has questioned the United boss’ dealings during the summer window, and suggested there will be no excuses and the axe may be wielded if Brendan Rodgers’ side head back to Merseyside with all three points on Saturday.
“He has started Adnan Januzaj in four games this season – and then shipped him out. He tells Javier Hernandez he has another chance and then sells him,” Shearer stated.
“Then in comes a relatively untried teenager in Anthony Martial upon whom there is now a huge expectation after a deal which will eventually be worth £57.6million.
“Van Gaal’s CV has afforded him the time that David Moyes was not given. But a poor result on Saturday and questions will start to be asked,” he added.
Van Gaal was given the responsibility of picking up the pieces following the short-lived David Moyes era, and while he was given time during his first season, there is certainly an argument to say that he has had more than enough time – and money – to banish the memories of the state the side was in when Moyes was sacked.
However, it may be a little unfair to rule United’s summer a failure without giving the likes of Martial and Memphis Depay the time required to adapt to the English game. Should they flop in the same way Angel Di Maria did however, there will be very few who do not agree that it is time for van Gaal to go.