Louis van Gaal could be sacked if Manchester United lose at Liverpool as concerns grow that the club could miss out on the top four, according to reports.
Despite his side displaying far more attacking verve than supporters have recently become accustomed to in the thrilling 3-3 draw at Newcastle on Tuesday, Van Gaal was still widely criticised after United twice let leads slip, meaning they have now registered only one win from their last eight league matches.
Van Gaal’s outfit are still only two points off fourth spot in the Premier League after Tottenham lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City on Tuesday, although that gap could be stretched by the time the Red Devils visit fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
And according to The Times, a defeat at Anfield is likely to be the biggest test of the club hierarchy’s patience.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward convinced Van Gaal to carry on as manager after the 64-year-old considered resigning following back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke over the Christmas period.
However, while Woodward is also willing to back the Dutchman in the transfer market this month, his patience is understood to be eroding as the club look increasingly in danger of missing out on their minimum target of Champions League qualification.
Such suggestions resonate with the Daily Star’s report on Monday that there has been “a significant shift in stance from Old Trafford’s powerbrokers”.