Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has insisted that Louis Van Gaal has run out of time to produce at Man United.
The former England captain has hit out at the Dutchman for spending over £100m in the summer transfer market but his side sit fifth early in the Premier League season.
Compared to David Moyes and his first 50 games in charge of the club, Van Gaal hasn’t achieved significantly more, and Shearer contests that time has run out for the United boss and the results need to start being delivered right now.
“I would argue Louis van Gaal cannot even afford to draw the game against Liverpool,” Shearer writes for The Sun.
“He has been asking for more time for his team to blend, for young players to develop etc. Time is up I’m afraid – the time is now.
“You cannot oversee the changes he has made, backed by hundreds of millions, and then claim you are a victim because it needs time to blend. It is your job to mould a side and I would suggest a year is plenty for a club of Manchester United’s standing.
“You can get away with the dull, functional football Van Gaal is dishing up if you are getting results. But if you go back to the end of last season, Van Gaal’s league run over the last 10 games now stands at three wins, three draws and four defeats.
Shearer believes that Van Gaal’s history and reputation has afforded him more time than Moyes, as the former Everton boss was immediately being discounted for not being ready for such a big club when things started to go wrong.
While the BBC pundit may have a point, it is highly unlikely that the United board are considering a managerial change at this stage of the campaign.