Manchester United: tabloids turn Van Gaal into Graham Taylor
All that cheery speculation on when Louis Van Gaal is going to be sacked at Manchester United has got to the Dutchman.
In “I’M OFF”, the Mirror leads with his press conference – all four minutes and 58 seconds-worth of it.
As an aside, it’s odd that a tabloid should openly speculate on a man’s job. The Mirror, mired in phone hacking, is not reporting on when its leaders are going to be sacked or resign for wrongdoing. It is, though, happy to call for a football manager’s head.
The Mirror says it has “no sympathy for the Red Devil”, laying out all of Van Gaal’s faults in a charge sheet. His side have scored a “feeble 14 goals in 15 games”; he has “failed to win in six games”; he hacked Paul Gascoigne’s telephone. Sorry, got confused, there.
Over in the Express, we learn that “Louis loses it” – his cool that is. But he didn’t. Not really. He merely reminded the assembled hacks that he’s a human being and how upsetting it is to read their opinions on his looming unemployment. It was a bit like when the then England manager Graham Taylor told fans that leggy midfielder Carlton Palmer was made of flesh and bone and hurling abuse at him was out of order.
Taylor also attempted to turn the tables on the hacks. And you know how well that went, don’t you:
Van Gaal is toast.