Louis van Gaal - I cannot meet the expectation of Man Utd fans
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he has failed the club's supporters, as speculation is mounting once again over his future at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal faced the most venomous reaction from United fans at their home stadium following last Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Southampton, with fresh calls for his removal echoing around Old Trafford.
Now the experienced Dutchman has accepted he has not lived up to the expectations he brought with him when he took over at United in the summer of 2014, in a statement that some have viewed as a prelude to his imminent departure.
“I’m very disappointed that I cannot reach the expectations of the fans," stated Van Gaal.
“They have - or they had - great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them, so I am very frustrated because of that.
“You have to play football to entertain the fans. I don’t think we have entertained the fans, so they can be very angry.”
Van Gaal's honesty was a step away from his more familiar stance, as he has often insisted most United fans are still calling his name at Old Trafford each week and there seems to be momentum behind the rumours that he could leave his post imminently.
Most of the back pages of Monday morning's newspapers are reporting that Van Gaal is set for showdown talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to discuss his immediate future.
Van Gaal's cause was not helped on Sunday by the comments of respected United director David Gill, who told the BBC that the club had "under-achieved" this season and needed to play a different brand of football.
"I am not going to sit here and say it is that attractive," stated Gill, who admitted he went to cinema on Saturday night instead of watching highlights of United's latest setback on Match of the Day.
"For me, what we did in the past was great but you have to have the players to do that.
"Manchester United going back to the 1950s played in a certain way. We want attacking football and I am sure that will be a key part going forward."
Once again, Jose Mourinho is being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with the decorated tactician letting it be known that he is keen to make a swift return to the game following his sacking from Chelsea last month.
All eyes will now fall on United's next move in the coming days, with Van Gaal refusing to be drawn on whether he expected to still be in charge for next Friday's FA Cup fourth round clash against Derby.