Red leader: Moyes is tipped to go within 24 hours – will Van Gaal take over in the summer?
Louis van Gaal is ready to succeed doomed David Moyes as Manchester United boss.
Moyes is facing the sack on Tuesday after less than a year in charge, because United finally lost patience with him and decided to cut their losses. Mirror Sport reported 10 days ago how United have already sounded out Holland boss Van Gaal, who is expected to meet with the club’s hierarchy this week.
Van Gaal is currently at his villa in Portugal’s Algarve and is expecting a meeting there with a delegation from the Old Trafford giants to discuss the prospect of taking over from Moyes. The Dutch coach has already held talks with Tottenham but the 62-year-old is said to be holding out for the united job, which is why he has yet to commit to Spurs.
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The Reds’ US owners, the Glazer family, are making £200million available to strengthen the squad this summer, and are not willing to trust Moyes with that kind of money. They want a proven winner instead.
United are set to give Moyes his marching orders before Saturday’s home game against Norwich and will ask Ryan Giggs to take over as caretaker boss for the rest of the season, assisted by his former United team-mate and current Reds youth coach Nicky Butt. Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is also on United’s radar and is ready to talk to them. Sources close to Klopp revealed on Monday that there has been no contact at the moment, but added he would be more than keen to come.
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The final straw for Moyes proved to be United’s abject 2-0 defeat at his previous employers Everton on Sunday – their 11th in the Premier League this season and one which left the outgoing champions a huge 23 points off leaders Liverpool.
Moyes has lost the dressing-room and, with the champions in seventh spot and out of the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, the Glazers have sanctioned his dismissal.
United, champions by an 11-point margin last season in Alex Ferguson’s final year, are already guaranteed their lowest ever Premier League points total and are on course to suffer their worst finish since 1990.They have suffered a record 11 Premier League defeats under Moyes and have recorded just one win in 12 games against the top six sides above them, a damning indictment of his calamitous reign.
Failure in the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, leaving united trophy-less this season, further undermined Moyes’ standing among those who hold the power at Old Trafford.
United have won just 27 of 51 matches in all competitions under the Scot, drawing nine and losing 15.
Crucially, they have lost 10 of their 22 games since the turn of the year, a run which sealed his fate. Although Moyes was handed a six-year contract when he took over as Ferguson’s hand-picked successor last summer, a break clause means United will not have to pay up the 50-year-old’s £5m-a-year contract in full.
A core of senior players have long been unconvinced by Moyes, and with young striker Danny Welbeck also disillusioned and ready to quit the club, the board decided they could not let the situation go on. Significantly, there has been no public support for Moyes in recent weeks from Ferguson, whose distancing from the man he chose to replace him was seen as proof of the club losing faith in him.