Louis’ time at United is up

United fans have ev­ery right to de­mand suc­cess on the pitch

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Star­ling @mike­js­tar­ling

M an­ch­ester United fans ex­pect too much. Not my words, but those of un­der­fire man­ager Louis van Gaal.

Af­ter his side’s 3-1 vic­tory against Bournemouth in their fi­nal Premier League match, LVG was roundly booed when ad­dress­ing fans fol­low­ing the fi­nal whis­tle.

To be fair to LVG he did thank fans for their “un­con­di­tional sup­port”, but to then go on TV and say they de­mand too much was frankly ridicu­lous.

Van Gaal said: “Of course [I un­der­stand the boos], be­cause I have also said that the ex­pec­ta­tion is very high, es­pe­cially the fans.

“They are ex­pect­ing a lot. But I think these ex­pec­ta­tions are much too high, and we are a team in tran­si­tion, and that I have said when I started here.”

The whole “team in tran­si­tion” ex­cuse won’t cut it this time.

Af­ter Sir Alex Fer­gu­son left three years ago, the club went through a tran­si­tion phase un­der David Moyes, now they are go­ing through the same with Van Gaal.

United fans de­mand more than this though. Here’s why: 1. They have won 20 ti­tles 2. They are the most prof­itable team in the world

3. They have the big­gest club sta­dium in the UK

4. They are used to watch­ing top-class foot­ball 5. They are used to win­ning. If United re­ally are a team in tran­si­tion that means more play­ers will be com­ing in to bol­ster the squad. You can for­get the top stars though, they won’t go to a club not play­ing Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball.

Van Gaal’s com­ments made him sound like he’s the man­ager of a mid-table team, not a club that has pretty much dom­i­nated English foot­ball since the 1990s.

Even if United do at­tract bet­ter play­ers this sum­mer, the race for the top four will be hard now Leices­ter and Spurs are in the mix. The fact is a fifth-placed fin­ish is not good enough for United. Even a pos­si­ble FA Cup tri­umph against Crys­tal Palace at Wem­b­ley on Satur­day (8.30pm UAE time) will not turn the fans around.

Speak­ing with sup­port­ers, the big is­sue for them is that United’s foot­ball un­der Van Gaal has been rub­bish. Even United leg­end Peter Schme­ichel ad­mit­ted that the style of play has “bored him to death”.

I’m sorry to say Louis, but it’s time to say good­bye. If tran­si­tion is the key word here, maybe it’s bet­ter with Jose Mour­inho in charge. En­joy Wem­b­ley, LVG.

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