Harry Redknapp believes Louis van Gaal will be a “very lucky man” if Manchester United offer him a new deal.
Van Gaal’s side suffered an early exit from the Champions League on Tuesday night following the 3-2 defeat against Wolfsburg in Germany.
The Dutchman has been criticised as a result but reports this week suggested the club are happy with the work he is doing as manager. However, Redknapp insisted United should think twice before offering van Gaal a new contract.
“I saw a few reports last weekend saying the club are happy with him but I’m not sure why. He’s obviously a top manager but United should wait to see how the team respond over the next few months to going out of the Champions League before trying to talk him into a contract extension.
“Of course, some fans want to get rid of him now and it is a massive disappointment for United to be knocked out from what was a very easy group. They would have been doing cartwheels when the draw was made. Manchester City’s group was a lot harder but they made it through, while United lost to PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg. They should be wiping the floor with teams like that.
“But United should stick with van Gaal for the time being because they don’t want to go through another manager after sacking David Moyes so soon unless they really have to.”
United have made minimal progress under van Gaal this season and it is difficult to see the direction the team is heading under the veteran boss.
Van Gaal has the team playing a brand of dire football in an attacking sense and his ‘philosophy’ seems to go against everything the club has stood for in the past. Pressure is reaching a fever pitch with van Gaal and he will need to turn things around quickly if he is to keep the fans on side, starting with the game against Bournemouth this weekend.