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Van Gaal reportedly gets final chance to save Man Utd career

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal not sure if he will be allowed to continue at Man Utd
Van Gaal not sure if he will be allowed to continue at Man Utd

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been given a final chance to revive his flagging reign at Old Trafford, according to the latest reports.

The latest vibes from United suggest that Van Gaal will be sacked if his side lose against Stoke on St Stephen's Day or Chelsea on December 28th, with Old Trafford officials seemingly losing faith with the coach they offered full backing to a little lover two weeks ago.

A rising tide of animosity from United fans is threatening to sweep Van Gaal out of office, with Saturday's 2-1 home defeat against Norwich viewed as a result that could bring down the curtain on his tenure as the club's manager.

Yet the 64-year-old Dutchman was back at work a few hours after he admitted he did not know whether he will remain as United boss for their next match, as he looked to plot a Christmas revival to save his job.

Sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been strongly tipped to replace Van Gaal at Old Trafford, with United officials believed to be pondering their options ahead of Christmas games against Stoke, Chelsea and Swansea.

Support for Van Gaal from his players has been increasingly muted in recent weeks, but defender Phil Jones has offered fulsome backing to his boss after he oversaw a third straight defeat against the Canaries on Saturday.

"The manager is doing all he can and is doing a terrific job. It's not even questionable in the dressing room," stated Jones.

"The lads are absolutely fully focused on performing well for the manager, the fans, ourselves week-in, week-out.

"The players in there aren't hiding behind anyone. We know full well we have to take responsibility.

"There's no other way. The manager picks the team and the team has got to go out and do its best.

"We might be playing well, or playing well in patches, or not scoring or whatever it may be, but we need to stick together and us as players need to take responsibility for that. There's no two ways about that.

"We just have to keep plugging away, keep creating chances and hopefully we'll hit someone four or five nil, but we just have to get back to the drawing board again and pick ourselves up.

"I wouldn't say it's the lowest moment. I think it became pretty glum, if you like, under David Moyes and it was unfortunate. We weren't playing well at the time.

"There's no point saying we've played some good football this season because ultimately we've lost three games in a row - but we have in patches. We need to stick together, there's nothing else you can do."

Jones also called on United's fans to stick behind the team, stating their support was "needed more than ever" after a difficult month for all at Old Trafford.