Redknapp expects Van Gaal to stay at ‘average’ United

Date published: Monday 25th January 2016 10:33

Harry Redknapp says Manchester United are paying for recruiting badly but the former Tottenham boss believes Louis van Gaal will stay on until the summer.

Van Gaal is under intense scrutiny following a season of underachievement, with United sitting outside the top four and already out of the Champions League.

The Dutch coach has been in charge for a season and a half and has spent in excess of £250million but Redknapp is not impressed with the Red Devils.

“United are an average team with average players and the nightmare scenario of missing out on the top four is now looking a genuine possibility,” the former Spurs boss wrote in his column in The Telegraph.

“The supporters have seen enough, they were booing after just 23 minutes of the game against Southampton, and all the attention is on Van Gaal and how much longer he can stay in charge.

“He has had one big reality check this season and just like with Jose Mourinho, he has discovered that it’s not all about him, it’s about the players. If you’ve got good players it’s the easiest job in the world – but if like United you’ve got average players it’s the hardest.

“With every bad result, and there have been quite a few this season, the pressure cranks up a notch and we see all the headlines about Van Gaal facing the sack or resigning from his post.

“But I cannot see anything happening with Van Gaal because, quite simply, if United wanted to get rid of him they would have done it by now.

“Van Gaal will still think he can achieve things this season, despite all the struggles, and sacking the manager now would be effectively writing the season off.

“If the United board had wanted to appoint Mourinho they would have done it already so I think they will wait until the summer and go for somebody like Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone, if they miss out on the top four.

“United will have no problems attracting managers of that calibre because of their reputation but those guys are simply not available at the moment so I fully expect Van Gaal to battle on.”

Despite spending so heavily, Redknapp believes Van Gaal is not solely responsible for the mess United are in.

He said: “United have also underlined just how important recruitment is nowadays. They have spent a lot of money and spent it badly.

“I would love to know who signed those players. What always amazes me is that you never see the recruitment people when things go wrong. It’s been the same at Liverpool and Aston Villa, the managers are expected to just go in there and wave a magic wand.

“They are locked in a struggle and the heat is really on the manager – but I would still be surprised if he leaves the club this season.”

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