Manchester United fans won’t be pleased to hear about the latest bit of Louis van Gaal news reported by the Guardian. Apparently the Dutchman offered to resign after the defeat to Southampton at the weekend but bumbling CEO Ed Woodward asked him to go home and think about it, which explains why he flew back to Holland.
The Iron Tulip was celebrating his daughter’s birthday in his home country.
United fans are desperate to see van Gaal go but Woodward doesn’t want to appoint a manager mid-season and wants the 64-year-old coach to assess the situation despite the admission that he had failed at the weekend.
Boos rang around Old Trafford after the defeat to the Saints, a game in which the watching-paint-dry boring Red Devils officially had one shot on target but that wasn’t particularly memorable.
They currently lie fifth in the table, ten points behind leaders Leicester. Woodward holds the axe and is reluctant to swing it, waiting to see if United lose to Derby in the FA Cup before contemplating sacking van Gaal.
There aren’t many alternatives to the current boss. Ryan Giggs strikes many as an unremarkable coach. Jose Mourinho isn’t an ideal choice either. But both are probably preferable to van Gaal. United fans want change.