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'Van Gaal is gone, a dead man'- Eamon Dunphy says the end is near for Man Utd boss

Tom Rooney

Published 14/12/2015 | 12:41

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Eamon Dunphy is confident that it is a matter of when, not if, Manchester United sack their under fire manager Louis Van Gaal.

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Following United’s insipid performance in losing 2-1 to Bournemouth over the weekend, there has been a rising tide of demand to bring an end to the Dutchman’s tenure at Old Trafford.

United’s prosaic possession-based style of play and inability to score goal continues to frustrate fans and pundits alike, and last week’s ignominious Champions League exit at the hands of Wolfsburg has  earned the former Barcelona coach a deluge of criticism.

Speaking to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, Dunphy said Van Gaal’s position was now untenable though, on the bright side, he reckons Jose Mourinho won’t be long in joining his old mentor on the scrap-heap.

“There are dramatic things happening at Manchester United,” Dunphy said. “He’s (Van Gaal) gone, a dead man. Both of them will be gone, it’s a question of when. I think, at least, Mourinho is in the Champions League. PSG knocked them out last year and they may be do it again.

“He won’t fix the problem. Manchester United is a corporate basket case; they’re out of the Champions League and may not be there next year and that puts a hole in their finances.”

As for who could replace Van Gaal at the helm, the outspoken pundit was sceptical that Pep Guardiola would be interested and, should he leave Bayern Munich next summer.

Dunphy believes the blue side of Manchester would be a more likely destination.

“I don’t think when he (Guradiola) looks at the Manchester United squad he’d want to go there. He has two friends, the directors of football at Manchester City, who have money to buy the world so, on that basis, he’s much more likely go there,” he said.

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