Friday 19 January 2018

Niall Quinn: No one fears Manchester United anymore and Louis van Gaal can't change that

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is confident of keeping his job
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is confident of keeping his job
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Niall Quinn expects Louis van Gaal to be replaced as Manchester United this summer, after claiming he has played a role in the club losing its fear factor.

Former Republic of Ireland striker Quinn admits he is shocked by the decline in United’s fortunes as he suggests “something systematic that’s gone wrong over the period of time” since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in the summer of 2013.

“He will go into the FA Cup final knowing it’s an absolute ‘must’ game for him if he’s to have any hope at all of carrying on,” Quinn told Sky Sports.

“His fate is in other people’s hands now and I’m surprised it’s come to that. When he got this job I though he was the type of strong character that Manchester United needed.

“He has shown determination and grit to at least bring the next trophy in to Old Trafford, but whether he’ll get time with the fans I’m not so sure.”

Quinn went on to suggest Van Gaal has been guilty of allowing United to lose their aura during his time in charge, as he has failed to revive a side that slipped from the top pedestal of English football during David Moyes’ brief reign as manager during the 2013/14 season.

“What’s gone out of Manchester United is the fear. Other clubs always feared them when you played them home and away and over the last three years it’s been unbelievable.

“I didn’t think in all my time in football that I would come to Old Trafford knowing that the away team probably fancied their chances. There’s something systematic that’s gone wrong over the period of time.

“Is he the person to suddenly change it around? I would have to say, hand on heart, no. It’s too much of an ask now.

“I think you’ve two things going on here. You have the football side of the club which wants to continue and give their managers time. They’ve built dynasties here in the past.

“Then you have the commercial people involved and their view would be that they need to energise the football club again from the very top to carry on the commercial goals with no Champions League football.

“Do you think they can win the title next year and the year after that win the Champions League in the current set-up in the direction the current manager is bringing them on?

“That’s the question the football people have to answer. They really need to get this decision right. This is a massive decision.”

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