A group of Manchester United players want to see Louis van Gaal leave the club, according to numerous national newspapers this morning.
It’s being reported that the players have had enough of the Dutchman’s failing regime, and that could bring the club’s plans to employ Jose Mourinho in the summer forward.
Van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford hit a new low with the Europa League defeat in mid-week against FC Midtjylland. The Red Devils are in serious danger of missing out on qualifying for the Champions League, both via the league and through winning Europe’s second-tier club competition.
Reports of the former Barcelona manager’s demise have been regular throughout the season, and some suggested that he offered to resign, having overseen the worst run of December results in the club’s history.
Now though it would appear that his players have turned against him, and the Mirror report that some Manchester United stars would like him to be replaced as soon as possible.
The wheels may have been put in motion for that move; executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made contact with the Special One’s agent, Jorge Mendes, about taking over before the end of the season according to the Mirror.
There had been speculation that Mourinho could return to Inter Milan – with whom he won the Champions League in 2010 – however the former Chelsea boss has now publicly denied that.
He said: “I don’t search for clubs, clubs search for me. Let me make it clear…I will not be Inter manager next season.”
“I go for a day [to watch Inter play] to personally say thanks to my president Mister Moratti. I left Inter in 2010 and since then work was hard every day in Madrid and Chelsea and it was difficult to find a moment to have lunch with the Moratti family. We agreed on this Saturday a few weeks ago.
“Inter has a project that belongs to Mister Roberto Mancini, a project that I totally support and wish will end in success.”
Defeat for Manchester United in their FA Cup fifth round tie against Shrewsbury would, in all likelihood, seal Van Gaal’s fate.