Van Gaal setting unwanted records
Louis van Gaal hardly needs any more bad news as his Manchester United misery mounts by the day, but now he confronted by the reality that he is statistically the club’s worst manager of the modern era.
The 2-1 Europa League defeat against Danish side FC Midtjylland on Thursday night left the Dutchman in a seemingly untenable position to continue at United, yet club officials continue to stand by the Dutchman for now.
That despite the updated stats confirming Van Gaal is now the least successful manager United have had since Tommy Docherty's days at the club in the 1970s.
Here are the win percentage figures for United managers over the last three decades and they confirm that confirm Van Gaal is fighting a losing battle at Old Trafford:
1. Alex Ferguson – 1996-2013 (59.67%)
2. David Moyes – 2013-14 (52.94%)
3. Matt Busby – 1945-69 and 1970-7 (50.5%)
4. Ron Atkinson – 1981-86 (50%)
5. Louis van Gaal – 2014-present (49.39%)
Every defeat appears to be the final straw for the club's veteran tactician, but with conflict at boardroom level over the potential appointment of Jose Mourinho as the next United manager, the impasse with Van Gaal may continue for a few weeks yet.
Next Monday's game against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup would appear to be the next decisive game for Van Gaal, with the club seemingly determined to try and keep the manager in place until the end of this season.
Mourinho remains the firm favourite to replace Van Gaal, but there are strong suggestions that he is reluctant to take over at Old Trafford until next summer.