Van Gaal should stay even if Manchester United don't qualify for Champions League, says Gary Neville
Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to continue with Louis van Gaal as manager, even if the club misses Champions League qualification this year.
Former United defender Gary Neville feels Louis van Gaal is the right man for the job and that the Dutchman should remain as the manager of Manchester United even if the team aren’t able to qualify for Champions League. Neville, who feels United can remain in the top four, says they shouldn’t be disappointed even if they fail to finish in the top four.
When the former right-back was asked if Van Gaal should be sacked if he couldn’t bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford, he said, "Absolutely not, he shouldn't be sacked.”
"It would be a terrible season for Man United and Louis van Gaal (if they do not finish in top four). He would probably say it was a big failure because he knows his job this season. He has to get in the Champions League.”
"But, on the other hand, if he didn't, you can't just sack a manager one year and then sack another manager the year after. Where do you go from there? There has to be a level of continuity. I absolutely believe this time there will be continuity and they will stand by him even if he doesn't finish in the top four - and that's the right thing to do."
Still think United will finish in the top four
United, who have to play most of the other top four contenders before the end of the season will be hoping to win every game, as even the loss of one point could throw them out of contention.
Neville commented about this saying “I still think Manchester United will finish in the top four. I think they will scrape in.”
"There is a period in March where they have Arsenal in an FA Cup quarter-final, then they have Spurs the Sunday after and Liverpool after that. There is an international break and then they have got Aston Villa, Man City and Chelsea. I'd like to think these games will inspire some of the bigger players at Man United."