Man Utd boss on borrowed time with former Chelsea man around

Following up Champions League elimination with a defeat to top-flight newcomers Bournemouth has seen Louis van Gaal move in to odds-on favouritism to be the next Premier League boss to leave.

The Dutchman, who has now not won in five straight games in any competition, can be backed at 10/11 with Ladbrokes to be the next manager axed, ahead of Chelsea rival Jose Mourinho at 7/2.

Van Gaal came in for a boatload of criticism on social media following the 2-1 loss to the Cherries and has been a sitting duck for the many Manchester United alumni now decorating punditry studios the land over.

All of them, from Gary Neville to Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes to Michael Owen, played far more adventurous football under Sir Alex Ferguson and are adamant that the former Netherlands coach’s possession obsession is hurting their old club.

With pressure mounting on Van Gaal, it is far from surprising to see rumours of possible mid-season replacements emerge and the Daily Star threw their own candidate into the ring with the suggestion that the Red Devils could sack the Dutchman in order to land Carlo Ancelotti.

Out of work since being sacked by Real Madrid in the summer, the Italian tactician has remained unemployed through choice rather than a shortage of offers.

The three-time Champions League winner recently stated his desire to return to management, pointing to England as a possible destination for his next job.

Unless his eyes are trained on a second stint with Chelsea, themselves struggling under Jose Mourinho, few clubs would be as appealing as Man United.

Sacking their manager less than half way into a campaign is, of course, a concept completely alien to the Old Trafford outfit and it remains highly unlikely that they part company with Van Gaal during the season.

However if things don’t improve and Ancelotti is still available in the summer it could force a change in the club’s dugout.

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Matt Wiggins

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