Manchester United have reportedly decided to sack Louis van Gaal if he loses to Liverpool this Sunday.
According to a report from The Times, United officials are really concerned about dropping off the top four and losing to the arch-rivals this weekend could become the final straw.
The Red Devils once again dropped points on Tuesday evening when they a 3-3 draw with Newcastle despite entertaining the fans.
Goals from LVG’s favourite Jesse Lingard and a Rooney brace were not enough to beat the relegation strugglers as Paul Dummett managed to score a deflected equaliser in the last minute.
The draw leaves Manchester United slipped to sixth place two points adrift of Tottenham in fourth while West Ham a point ahead holding the fifth position.
If Liverpool sees off the United at Anfield on Sunday they will be level on points with the Red Devils.
The Dutch tactician has been severely criticised for the last 3-4 weeks due to his slow tempo and methodical style of play, however, the six-goal thriller on Tyneside showed some improvement.
The Dutch manager, however, was left bitterly frustrated afterwards when he attended the press:
“It feels like a defeat. We have given it away — I have told that to my players. When the referee gives a penalty for nothing — it is a duel I think and you cannot decide who is worse but we gave it away.
“We could have scored six goals easily here and we did not. If we had, it would have been three successive wins going into Liverpool.”
Captain Rooney said: “We’re always trying to play attacking football.
“The problem wasn’t that today, it was the other end.” He referred to the defensive errors.
Before the game at St James’ Park Manchester United had netted just eight times in 10 matches.
If van Gaal is eventually fired his assistant Ryan Giggs will be the most likely candidate to take over the charge for the remaining of this season.
Frustrated United supporters made their feelings very clear during last weekend’s FA Cup fixture when they headed for the Old Trafford exits well before full-time. Due to the early exit they missed Wayne Rooney’s last-gasp penalty which eventually won United a hard fought win against League One Blades. United fans even cheered ironically when Memphis Depay took his team’s first shot on target after 65 minutes