Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher thinks Manchester United are going backwards under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal. The 38-year-old pundit watched United slump to a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane yesterday (10 April), and Carragher admitted he doesn't expect the Dutchman to be at Old Trafford next season if they fail to secure Champions League football.
Van Gaal has come under intense pressure in recent months, with United failing to inspire fans with their lifeless performances and underwhelming results. Carragher claimed Van Gaal's attitude to their defeat against Tottenham reflected how far the club has regressed in recent years.
"It looks like they're going backwards," Carragher told Sky Sports of the United boss. "In terms of Louis van Gaal, I don't see him at the club next year if he doesn't get top four. Manchester United are a much bigger team than Tottenham, although Tottenham have a better side at the moment, and [Van Gaal] is talking about how well they played."
Carragher claimed a club of United's stature ought to have loftier ambitions than simply competing with the likes of Tottenham. He said that for all of their possession at White Hart Lane, United barely looked like creating a goal.
"The fact we're saying United played well, we even mentioned it at half-time. That's United playing well now, without ever looking like scoring in that first half," the former Anfield hero said of United's current malaise.
"[Tottenham] could have scored five or six today. [Anthony] Martial had the one chance at 0-0, but that's what it's come to now, where Van Gaal is actually pleased that they just gave Tottenham a game.
"That's what he said: 'Before the first goal, we've given them a good game,' but this is Manchester United and they're talking about Tottenham as if they're Real Madrid! I'd be worried listening to my manager speaking like that after a game."