Chelsea recently parted company with manager Jose Mourinho after the club failed to recover from the poor form that has been persistent since the start of the season.
This comes as a major surprise – despite the club having sacked many managers in the last decade – given that they had given public backing for the Portuguese boss only a few weeks ago. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was very keen on not making the mistake of sacking too soon. The club has parted company with many top managers like Ancelotti over the years. However, failed to recover resulted in Mourinho losing his job.
Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could also meet with the same fate if the results will not improve for the Red Devils. The club are winless in their last five matches and face the prospect of being overtaken by Tottenham in the league. They have already slipped behind Arsenal and Manchester City. United topped the table after a long absence only a few weeks ago. Admittedly, United are in a much better position than Chelsea [16th in the table] are right now. Merson, though, says that results will do the ultimate talking and big clubs cannot afford prolonged poor form.
“LVG [Louis van Gaal] will be looking behind him I think if it doesn’t go well for Man United in the next week or two. I think they might look and think ‘one of the best managers in the world of football is available, lets get him.’ I wouldn’t put all my money on it but, if the results don’t pick up, I wouldn’t be surprised. I’m not really surprised because of the position they’re in but the players have got to look at themselves,” said Merson.