David Moyes insists Manchester United should not sack Louis van Gaal

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes insists the club should not sack Louis van Gaal.

Man United have only won nine of their last 27 games and the Dutchman’s future at Old Trafford has come under speculation because of how poor we are doing this season.

Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move to Man United and reports indicate he has already agreed a deal in principle to take over at the end of the season but Moyes thinks United should avoid getting rid of him and not ‘become a sacking club.’

“I don’t think Manchester United should become a sacking club,” Moyes told BBC Sport.

“I was disappointed when I lost my job after ten months, but we would think Manchester United have always stood for much greater things than sacking their managers regularly. So, I don’t think they should [sack him.]”

Let’s get one thing straight here – United have been a sacking club. Prior to Sir Alex Ferguson’s unprecedented near three decades in charge, we went through five managers in 16 years after Sir Matt Busby stepped down.

Frank O’Farrell was sacked 18 months into the job, Tommy Docherty was sacked in 1977, Dave Sexton was sacked in 1981, Ron Atkinson was sacked in 1986 and David Moyes was sacked in 2014. We’ve sacked before and we’ll sack again when necessary.

This utopian concept of nothing but long-term managers doesn’t fit in modern football unfortunately. Football has changed and so has management, United are operating in a different context now where sacking managers is commonplace and not indicative of a changing ethos.

Nobody wants to sack their managers but when you look at Louis van Gaal it is easy to see we aren’t going to turn it around under him. Why would we push on simply to avoid sacking him? That’s something which would do more harm than good at this stage.

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