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Louis van Gaal: I don't know if Manchester United will stick by me after latest defeat

Van Gaal: I'm worried about being chopped by United

19/12/2015 at 20:07Updated 20/12/2015 at 09:26

Louis van Gaal has conceded his job is on the line after Manchester United suffered a third straight defeat in losing 2-1 to Norwich City at Old Trafford.

United have gone six games without a win - their worst run of form since 1989, a period in time when Sir Alex Ferguson had yet to win a trophy as United manager.

They have suffered three successive defeats in all competitions to fall out of the top four, and are nine points behind leaders Leicester City, who enjoyed a 3-2 win at Everton.

When asked if his board would continue to accept such a sequence of poor performances and results, Van Gaal responded: "It's not up to me to say about that question, but we shall see."

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands coach admitted he was worried about being sacked.

"Yes of course I am worried about that because I know that belief in a manager is very important, and when you lose the games you play then the belief in a manager shall decrease.

" That is happening now. I cannot close my eyes to that."
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick look dejected after Norwich's first goal

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick look dejected after Norwich's first goalReuters

Cameron Jerome (38) and Alexander Tettey (54) scored either side of half-time with Anthony Martial's goal on 66 minutes merely a consolation as the home side huffed and puffed before a disgruntled home support.

"I am always evaluating myself because I think that is an aspect of the philosophy I have," added Van Gaal.

"But the philosophy is also making an evolution - I am not the same coach I was 25 years ago. So, you are always evaluating and of course that philosophy is very important for me.

" Because of that I am - or maybe I have to say now, was - a very successful manager."

Sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been touted as a possible replacement for Van Gaal should the United board decide they want to make a change.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg.Reuters

The Dutch coach has spent over £250m with his side already out of the Champions League and apparently toiling to sustain a challenge for the Premier League.

"That's the football world," said Van Gaal. "I know that, my board knows that, my players know that. We're not used to that because normally we win, so it's a difficult period.

"We've lost three matches in a row, so it's not happening so much for Manchester United.

"We can't accept that and that's why I have to repeat, we have to stick together and believe in ourselves.

"I've encountered these circumstances also with other teams and other staff. The main thing is that you have to be professional and do the things that you have to do and work very hard to come out of this bad period."

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