Shearer feels Van Gaal has given up trying
Louis van Gaal admitted that United would have to win the Europa League to get into the Champions League next season after being so far behind the top-four place, and Shearer feels the Dutchman has given up trying to turn things around.
Shearer writing in his daily column in the Sun said: "I have admired Louis van Gaal's resilience during tough times over the last three months" but with the recent result away at Sunderland Shearer says "I am afraid the evidence during the 2-1 defeat on Saturday at Sunderland was damning."
Shearer could not see the same resilience from van Gaal on Saturday
Shearer continued to say "Afterwards I did not see a manager ready to fight. I did not see that same resilience" which is the damning truth unfortunately as every time you see Van Gaal he looks a beaten man, but for now, he still remains the manager.
United now have a massive week ahead with crucial ties in the Europa League with Midtjylland, and Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup. It's safe to say that it is crucial that United manage to get through both ties or van Gaal could be sacked. Shearer reckons that how big these matches are just shows how much United have fallen in recent times.
Shearer feels Van Gaal wants to be put out of his misery
Shearer said: "Van Gaal was like a man wanting to be put out of his misery" on Saturday when he started to doubt himself whether he could get the club into the top-four, and Shearer thinks "it has come to something when Midtjylland and Shrewsbury are important ties. It is not a good place."