Saturday 22 October 2016

Revealed: Stats over last 10 games show Manchester United are in relegation form

Published 25/01/2016 | 10:36

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal leaves the field dejected
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal leaves the field dejected

The future of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is very much back on the agenda after his side’s 1-0 defeat against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday - and these statistics confirm that United are currently in the midst of relegation form.

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Jeers and boos rang around Old Trafford after Ronald Koeman’s side snatched a late winner to condemn United to another defeat, with the rising tide of animosity towards Van Gaal sparking a fresh wave of rumours that he is about to quit - or be sacked - as the club’s manager.

Van Gaal’s latest comments suggest even he is running out of belief in his own ability to turn the tide of popular opinion back in his favour, as he has admitted he has let down the United fans since his arrival at the club in the summer of 2014.

“I’m very disappointed that I cannot reach the expectations of the fans,” stated Van Gaal.

“They have - or they had - great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them, so I am very frustrated because of that.

“You have to play football to entertain the fans. I don’t think we have entertained the fans, so they can be very angry.”

Critics of Van Gaal do not need any more evidence to confirm that is not the man to lead Man Utd any longer, but these statistics from suggest that instead of pushing for a top four finish this season, the Old Trafford giants are currently playing like a side battling against relegation.

These figures from the last 10 rounds of Premier League football do little to back up Van Gaal’s claims that his side have started 2016 in sparkling form, with this evidence pretty damning for the veteran Dutchman.

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