Alan Shearer: Winning the FA Cup may not even save Van Gaal’s job at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes winning the FA Cup may not be enough to save Louis van Gaal’s job at Manchester United.

Van Gaal has overseen some awful performances and results over the course of the campaign at Man United but he guided his team to the Cup final with a 2-1 win over Everton at Wembley last time out.

Shearer insisted that supporters have lost patience with van Gaal’s sluggish brand of football.

“For Manchester United, there is chance of some silverware but if even if they do win the FA Cup, I don’t think it will rescue their season,” Shearer said.

“For a club like Manchester United to finish outside the top four in the league, will be a disaster. At the moment, that looks like it is going to happen. I said it before the game on Saturday on the BBC, I’m not sure an FA Cup victory, in the manner they have played this season will pacify their fans.

“It’s going to be very difficult for Louis van Gaal because once the fans and the legends at the club are against you, it’s hard to turn it around.”

Van Gaal has an endearing character and his handling of young players at Man United has been excellent. A Cup win would be a big moment for the club if it was to come off.

But the Dutchman’s slow style of football, which prioritises possession at the cost of attacking verve, goes against everything United have stood for down the years. Van Gaal may well lose his job in the summer, particularly with Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings.

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