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Is it a matter of months, or a matter of days? Could it even be a matter of hours? Those are the questions on everyone’s minds concerning Manchester United and embattled manager Louis Van Gaal.

United recently suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Southampton after newly signed Charlie Austin scored in the 87th minute to seal the win for the Saints. A chorus of excruciating jeers roared through Old Trafford all calling for Van Gaal’s firing. It has been rumored that Van Gaal has approached chief executive Ed Woodward and Co. to consider resigning from the position. Furthermore, Van Gaal has publicly stated following the loss that he can’t bring the success this season that Manchester Untied fans were expecting.

No transfers have been made to improve United’s standing besides two loan recalls for Adnan Januzaj from Borussia Dortmund and Will Keane from Preston North End. Only Januzaj was in the team sheet for the Southampton game and he did make an appearance. Manchester United were rumored to be bringing various players to improve the squad, but all have been deemed false and now unlikely. Louis Van Gaal and Co. in the front office have deemed that no transfers are to be made due to the uncertainty of Louis Van Gaal’s position. This report has frustrated fans to no end, realizing that the second half of the season has this squad performing horribly going into two major cup competitions, the Emirates F.A Cup and the Europa League. Manchester United aren’t expected to perform well in either competition and with the Premier League their No. 1 focus for returning to the Champions League they must ensure a 4th place finish or better to qualify for placement.

Possible suitors to replace Van Gaal include recently sacked managers Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho and current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, who’s announced his next destination will be in the Premier League. Even former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been rumored to be interested in taking up the job again. The most likely of these candidates however is Jose Mourinho. He’s gunning for a new job and reportedly sent a six page letter detailing his desire to coach United and gave a detailed plan of success he would bring to the club. His agent has denied such actions. Mourinho is a proven winner, but his antics off the field may scare Woodward from hiring Mourinho. Furthermore, it may bother another Manchester United coach that has been sitting in the stands.

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In the middle of the chaos, there is one other candidate that has the closest connection to the job. Assistant Manager Ryan Giggs is serving behind Louis Van Gaal and currently has the high potential to take over the team if Van Gaal is sacked. He took over for David Moyes towards the end of the 2013-2014 campaign when Moyes was sacked. The fans were in favor of having him be a strong choice for manager before United hired Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal kept Giggs as his assistant to nurture and build a team for Giggs to command in a few years. The goal was to have Giggs be well seasoned for great success as a manager. Right now, Giggs may be thrown into the situation quicker than Van Gaal and Woodward would like. But perhaps not? The players seem to be unwilling to work with Van Gaal due to their effort and obviously a majority of the fans want change. The risk with Giggs is that if he takes over now and United perform the extent of not qualifying for Champions League, he may be removed as well. It isn’t fair for Giggs to take the role at a disadvantage of underwhelming support from the fans. If Woodward is going to move on Giggs, then he must make transfers that Giggs can work into a squad of his own design that can contend with Premier League.

It can only get worse before it gets better for United, but it seems worse is the destined outcome as United’s form continues and expects to worsen under Van Gaal’s leadership. If a change is to be made, it must be now.

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