Beleaguered Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal thinks his team have “gone and are beyond help”, according to reports.
The Independent have an Ian Herbert ‘exclusive’ claiming “United are engaged in a desperate attempt to stop Van Gaal walking away from Old Trafford”.
The report suggests Van Gaal is “deeply embarrassed by his losing streak” and is convinced that his team is “gone and beyond help”.
Van Gaal has spoken to United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward since the 2-0 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day and he has been reassured that the club still believe in him, but Van Gaal “does not know what more he can do”.
United face Chelsea at Old Trafford today and another defeat will be their fifth in a row – something that has not happened for 79 years.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) December 27, 2015
The Times have a similar story, but with no ‘exclusive’ tag.
James Ducker says Van Gaal has been told by United that they still “believe in him for now”. But the 64-year-old Dutch boss, who The Times claim offered to leave after the home defeat to Norwich earlier this month, thinks he is “fighting a losing battle”.
Van Gaal, speaking after the defeat to Stoke, admitted it would be hard to see a vast improvement ahead of the date with Chelsea.
“It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult to recover. It’s very tough, I am aware of that,” said Van Gaal.
Elsewhere, all the other papers on Monday see the situation in a similar light.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Van Gaal is ‘on the brink’.
The Daily Star says Louis van Gaal will be sacked if his Manchester United side lose to Chelsea today, their headline is ‘Gaal Over’.
The Sun go with ‘Bags of trouble’ along with a picture of Van Gaal clutching two sports bags.
‘Game Over’ say the Mirror on their back page, along with a similar image of Van Gaal.
The Daily Mail go with ‘LVG Doomsday’ and claim Van Gaal has been ‘locked in crisis talks’ over his future.
‘Louis Faces Blue Monday’ says The Express and claim that Van Gaal will quit if he cannot halt United’s losing run.