Manchester United fans had no other choice but to wait anxiously to know the fate of under-fire manager Louis van Gaal on Tuesday evening after several rumours suggesting the club will make an announcement of sacking the Dutch manager at around 7.30pm spread quickly.
But earlier, reports suggested that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was on a meeting at the club’s London offices in Mayfair to talk about van Gaal’s future following a dismal run of only three victories in last 13 games.
Rumours quickly started to gather pace in the unregulated world of social media and those rumours were certainly hilarious. Ironically the only problem was that van Gaal had not been sacked at all and was still sitting in the managerial hot seat.
Things became worse when pictures and message tweeted by ex-Manchester City player Trevor Sinclair appeared, which for some reason certain people took quite seriously.
After further tweets suggesting the Dutchman has been sacked and Jose Mourinho being given the responsibility to lead, Sinclair eventually claimed it wasn’t even him and it was only a prank.
United fans were left with the ridiculous notion that van Gaal had been sacked by aggressive Twitter maniacs and gossip peddlers on the social media.
When 7.30pm came, obviously there were no such news of sacking; because there was no news to give, and then the jokes started to follow.
A report from the Manchester Evening News then confirmed van Gaal’s future wasn’t even on the board in Woodward’s London meeting anyway.
Actually, the whole world edged toward the edge of it seat just for nothing.
MUFC Board: You’ve been sacked. Van Gaal: Can I have another chance? MUFC Board: We’ve given you more chances than you created all season.
— Transfer Related (@TransferRelated) December 22, 2015
Van Gaal to be sacked tomorrow? https://t.co/zBGLFmcD5Y
— Matt Craig (@MattHDGamer) December 22, 2015
BREAKING: Man Utd have sacked Louis van Gaal with immediate effect but he will only leave the club in 2017 because it’s a process.
— Manchester United (@ManUtdChannel) December 22, 2015
Louis van Gaal has been sacked but he’s unable to leave the building as he keeps passing sideways & backwards through the doors.
— 90thMin (@90thMin) December 22, 2015
Breaking: Louis van Gaal has sacked Ed Woodward & appointed Rosemary(saxophone lady) as new CEO. [SkyTwists]
— Wicky (@Wicknes007) December 22, 2015
Not excited about hearing Van Gaal has been sacked just before Christmas. He loves Christmas. 🙁 (Although he can have the day off at least)
— Paul Santacast (@UtdRantcast) December 22, 2015
— [EvG]ToeeKnee (@Tonez_EU) December 22, 2015
Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho pictured today….. Deal is done. Van Gaal to be sacked tonight. pic.twitter.com/HnkLwZ63T5
— Ciaran Watters (@CiaranWatters1) December 22, 2015
No idea where this rumour betting on Van Gaal being sacked has been suspended by Sky Bet. Still 1/5 pic.twitter.com/FGSVOra2h9
— Alex (@Alex94_Mufc) December 22, 2015
Should Van Gaal be sacked?
— Van Gaal Out Club (@VanGaalOutMU) December 21, 2015
— The Earl of Shoop (@EarlofShoop) December 22, 2015
— Robert Keegan-Walker (@RobKeeganWalker) December 22, 2015