Louis van Gaal 6/1 in Premier League Sack Race market after MK Dons thrashing
Van Gaal claims he was not shocked by Manchester United’s 4-0 reverse against the Dons
August 27th, 2014
Manchester United’s woes continued on Tuesday night as they were humiliated 4-0 at Stadium MK, with a second string turned over by a League One side who found it easy to score goals against the Red Devils.
A brace apiece for Will Grigg and Benik Afobe saw the Dons run riot, with Van Gaal cutting a frustrated figure on the sidelines as a United team with plenty of experience were powerless to prevent them being dumped out of the Capital One Cup.
The bookies have reacted by trimming Louis van Gaal’s odds on the Sack Race market, with BetVictor going as short as 6/1 about the Dutchman being the next Premier League manager to walk, although Sky Bet take a different view with their 25/1 quote.
“Of course I’m disappointed, but I can analyse this,” the manager said. “I am not shocked because I know what can happen, and I think also that Milton Keynes played very well, very aggressively, and they had also a little bit of luck.
“It’s very difficult when you start as manager in the Premier League with a home match loss [to Swansea] and after that a draw [with Sunderland] and then lose a cup match, then for the fans it is very difficult to believe, still believe, in the philosophy of Louis van Gaal. But you have to do that, you have to do that, because I am here to build a new team, and a new team is not built in one month.”
Van Gaal could give new record signing Angel Di Maria his United debut on Saturday against Burnley, with the Argentine arriving for nearly £60 million this week.
“I have bought Di María because he can play inside or wide, which is very handy for a coach. When I was coach of Bayern Munich I bought on the 28th August Arjen Robben, and he could also play at the wings or inside, and then I have always the opportunity to change. But that is the process.
“Di María is coming and he will also have to adapt to our culture, our philosophy, he cannot change at the snap of fingers, but he can contribute to the building of a team, every player can do that. Ángel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player. There is no doubting his immense natural talent. He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team.”