Shearer: Van Gaal's time is up

The former England captain believes the Red Devils head coach has had enough time to build his own team and criticised the Dutchman’s style of football

Alan Shearer has hit out at Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal over his inability to build a winning team and has accused the Dutchman of letting his team play ‘dull’ football.

United spent over £100m in transfers this summer but currently sit fifth in the Premier League table having taken seven points from four games. 

Former England skipper Shearer has not been impressed with their performances so far this campaign, stressing that Saturday’s match versus Liverpool is a must-win for the Old Trafford side.

“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.

“Van Gaal’s CV has afforded him the time that David Moyes was not given. But a poor result on Saturday and questions will start to be asked.”

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