How Mourinho and United could ruin things for Pep Guardiola... this season

How Mourinho and United could ruin things for Pep Guardiola... this season

The result has hampered United's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League competition as they are six points adrift of the top four with 12 games left to play.

Louis van Gaal has revealed his disappointment in the form shown by Bastian Schweinsteiger, a player whom the manager had to convince the Manchester United board to sign last summer due to the midfielder's age.

"The reason I lost my job at Manchester United was that I didn't win enough games", Moyes told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday programme.

Manchester United have only won five of their 14 away games this season, garnering a total of 19 points from them.

Unfortunately for the player and his increasingly beleaguered manager, there was no happy ending as Louis van Gaal's side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland.

Chasing 1-0 right from the 3rd minute, Manchester United finally equalised in the first half courtesy of a clinical finish by Anthony Martial in the 39th minute.

"I don't think Man United are any further forward now to what they were when he [Van Gaal] took over", Shearer said on Match of the Day this weekend.

And the Van Gaal himself has admitted that his team will now struggle to achieve their minimum goal of finishing in the top four of the Premier League. The way through the Europa League is easier, I think, but there is a fantastic European level in that cup.

Widespread media reports have indicated Jose Mourinho has already been lined up by the United hierarchy to replace Van Gaal, with the Dutchman admitting he would be "disappointed" if that is indeed the case.

"This is more or less a new team so for ourselves, as a team, we need to win something".

He said: "In the past, I was chairman of the coaches federation in the Netherlands and we had a rule that you can never talk with a club without informing the present manager".

"But we have to play better".

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