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Van Gaal vows to fight on as clamour grows for his sacking

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal admits he doesn't know if he can survive at Man Utd
Van Gaal admits he doesn't know if he can survive at Man Utd

Louis van Gaal vowed to fight on as Manchester United manager, as the clamour for him to be replaced by sacked Chelsea boss gathered after his side slumped to a 2-1 home defeat against Norwich.

The United fans who were still clinging on to the hope that Van Gaal could revive United's season have now turned against him, with jeers ringing out at Old Trafford after the latest setback.

When asked whether he will be given time to revive United, Van Gaal said: “It’s not up to me I think to say about that question but we shall see.

"This is the football world. I know that, my board knows that, my players know that. We’re not used to that because normally we win, so it’s a difficult period. 

"We've lost three matches in a row so it’s not happening so much for Manchester United. We can’t accept that and that’s why I have to repeat, we have to stick together and believe in ourselves.

“I’ve encountered these circumstances also with other teams and other staff. The main thing is that you have to be professional and do the things that you have to do and work very hard to come out of this bad period."

Mourinho's declaration that he wants to make a quick return to the game following his sacking at Chelsea on Thursday has fuelled belief that the Portuguese tactician will soon be replacing his former mentor at Old Trafford.

All this on a day when Chelsea fans offered a show of support for the sacked Mourinho, as they booed the players they identified as the culprits for his sacking as the Blues beat Sunderland 3-1.

Amid a bizarre atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho's name was chanted and cheered, with owner Roman Abramovich (below) sitting next to newly appointed caretaker boss Guus Hiddink in the stands.

Elsewhere, Leicester moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after they held on for a 3-2 victory at Everton and they will top the Premier League for Christmas 2015.

United's defeat saw Tottenham climb above them into the top four following a 2-0 victory at Southampton. Harry Kane scored for Spurs after 40 minutes before Dele Alli netted a second moments later.

Republic of Ireland star James McClean (above) was sent off for a horror tackle as West Bromwich Albion lost to a resurgent Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace's stunning form continued as they beat Stoke 2-1.