Louis van Gaal deserves to be sacked after going seven matches without a victory, with Jose Mourinho the man to replace him and reignite Manchester United’s season, claims their former goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.
Louis Van Gaal admitted that he could choose to resign before United’s board decide to sack him if results fail to improve. United have lost four matches in a row in all competitions, with defeats by Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke coming in the wake of their Champions League exit after losing to Wolfsburg at the start of the month. The 2-0 loss to Stoke saw United drop to sixth in the Premier League as Crystal Palace scaled above them, although they remain nine points off the top after leaders Leicester lost to Liverpool on Boxing Day.
However, that will have done nothing to cheer up Van Gaal, who appeared disconsolate after the match and admitted in his press conference that he could resign before Monday’s encounter with Chelsea – although that looks unlikely to happen. Speaking after the defeat at the Britannia Stadium, Bosnich admitted that Van Gaal looked a “defeated man” and believes United have no other choice than to sack him.
“If one keeps losing continuously, it sometimes leaves the board with no choice,” Bosnich told Talksport. “I watched his body language very closely on Saturday and he just looked like a defeated man. The fact that he actually said he might come out and resign told its own story in itself. “Last week against Norwich was a disaster, it was a little bit better on Saturday, but they’re just not good enough. In football, it generally comes down to the manager and it’s much easier to get rid of the manager than 11 players.”
The 43-year-old Australian, who played for United for two years between 1999 until 2001 having made three Premier League appearances in 1989/90 and 1990/91, didn’t stop there as he identified the perfect replacement for Van Gaal in the former Chelsea manager Mourinho.
“Originally when Sir Alex Ferguson retired I thought he [Mourinho] would have been the best choice to go for then,” Bosnich added. “I know a lot of people have their doubts but the bottom line is he is one of the best managers in the world. “Everywhere he has gone during his career he has won trophies and if you speak to the majority of Manchester United fans, they just want to get back to the glory days where they are in the hunt for the major trophies.”
Mourinho is known to want the United job having missed out to David Moyes in 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and he has already expressed his desire to remain in England which has fuelled talk of a move to Old Trafford in the near future.