Louis van Gaal, hailed as the man to return Manchester United to the glory days following a lacklustre tenure for David Moyes who succeeded the special and unique Sir Alex Ferguson after an unprecedented 27 years as the top man at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman has gone from the messiah to the damned after a tough season so far. Following another summer full of spending including the high profile arrivals of youngster Memphis Depay and World Cup winner Schweinsteiger.
The Red Devils were the only English side to crash out of the Champions League after just the group stage. Manchester United’s supposed saviour has lost his way with a team full of superstars from all over Europe.
The pressure on Van Gaal is huge and with the results failing to materialise and with Premier League already having seen the sacking of Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers that has rocked the whole division.
With Manchester United having not won a Premier League game since the 21st November, that is not good enough for the most successful club in English football of all time. Since which time they have slipped from 2nd to 6th which frankly is not good enough.
The losses to Norwich and Bournemouth will hurt and the admissions of Louis Van Gaal that Manchester United are no longer the team they once were and that the club are in crisis will not have warmed the fans to the Dutch general at the helm.
Manchester United are nine points off Arsenal who lead the charge they are also nine goals off the impressive goal difference of the table toppers. Only eight wins halfway through the season is unacceptable for the majority of Premier League teams.
The fact that Depay is failing to live up to the lofty expectations that demanded £25 million for the 21 year old. Since arriving at Old Trafford the Dutch forward has only netted two goals which values each goal at £12.5 million not even some of the wonderful goals that Wayne Rooney has scored before are worth such a hefty amount of cash.
The loss of Van Persie and Hernandez seems to have hurt Manchester United with only seven teams scoring less goals than the 13 times champions. With only Martial and Rooney their only real goalscorers in the side.
The remark from Alex Ferguson that he will step in to the breach to help Ryan Giggs who is already being given the go ahead as if Van Gaal has already been sacked.
It looks as though time may finally be up for the former Holland hero.
Louis Van Gaal in Numbers
Money Spent: £230 million
Players Bought: 12
Players Sold: 25