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Louis van Gaal backed to be sacked by Manchester United this week

Louis van Gaal now 4/5 on Premier League Sack Race market after Manchester United manager punted to exit Old Trafford

Manchester United aren’t having a good season and some punters think Louis van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford is coming to an end.

The Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage last week and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth means they have drifted to 10/1 for the Premier League title this season.

Of more immediate concern is whether United can finish in the top four this term, with Van Gaal at a loss to explain a series of poor performances which have seen the supporters begin to voice their disquiet.

Manchester United remain in the top four despite the weekend defeat, with Van Gaal claiming he is still the man to win silverware at Old Trafford, although BetVictor have cut him on the Premier League Sack Race market to odds of 4/5.

Similarly, Paddy Power have the Dutchman at even money on this market, with Jose Mourinho the second favourite at 4/1 (BetVictor) although the Chelsea manager has escaped the boot despite a poor first half of the season.

Van Gaal’s defiance has become galling to many people, with the former Bayern Munich manager claiming they can still win the title despite a poor performance at the Vitality Stadium.

“We have the selection to do that,” said the Dutchman when asked about his team’s prospects of ending the season as English champions.

“We have to make a revival this week and that is always very difficult because you have just lost two matches in row and that is not happening so much for Manchester United,” said Van Gaal,

“Only hard work, training sessions, preparation and focus, all the same things that I have done in the 25 years of my managership. Only now it is more difficult for players to do that. But I shall challenge them and we shall come back”.

He added: “Of course I am concerned because we have lost two matches in a row and that is not a usual thing. We have to stick together and prepare our match against Norwich City and you have to win because otherwise it is more difficult.

“My players are very disappointed, they have done everything but they have lost [at Bournemouth]. We shall do our job. Now we have to stay in a position to keep fighting. We have to win three matches in a row, for example, to be still there after Christmas.”

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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