I've tried looking at it from underneath water, upside down, inside out, but no matter how to twist it, Louis van Gaal's position at Manchester United is boardering untenable. Mind, it's not that the decision to appoint him was wrong, but that sometimes it gets to a point where it just won't work and hence no point in sticking to the prevailing methods. It is a measure of the structural flaws in the hierarchy of the club that the Dutchman retains his job to this day.

Regardless, it makes little sense to go about each week on the same stuff every week. When it has been bad under van Gaal, the weaknesses have been the same. The post match pressers have been equally exhausting but this week, van Gaal almost acknowledged his failure at the job.

It's just as well that the entire post match brief should be about his thoughts on what happened at Old Trafford on Saturday. Make of this what you will.

"You cannot say they (the fans) are not right.They are right, and of course they are disappointed and have the right to boo me, but we have to stick together in this period because we have a lot injuries.

Asked if his relationship with the fans is at a new low he said:

"Yes, because it was very clear."

"It was not good today. We lost and in our defence you could know that our defence at set plays became every minute weaker because I have to change players. That was our problem in the last minute, but it was a poor game. We could not create chances and our opponent had also few chances, so it's more or less a 0-0 game, but at the end we have lost. Our opponents play with five defenders and are very compact but still we have to create chances."

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