Manchester united went into their boxing day showdown against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium under immense pressure and at 5th position in the league. Louis Van Gaal has received a lot of criticism by the media after a rather disastrous run by his team in the past few weeks and of course after that walking out during his last press conference. Manchester United came into the match without a win in their previous six matches while on the other hand their opponents had defeated United’s city rivals and Chelsea in the past few weeks. A loss, if the newspapers are to be believed, would lead to Van Gaal’s sacking. But a sweet victory at these tough times could have changed things for the Dutchman .
Yet it didn’t happen for the Dutchman who saw a dreadful performance from his side who were KOed by stoke at boxing day. A mistake from Depay allowed Bojan to score the first goal for Stoke in the 19th minute and Arnautovic scored a screamer 7 mins later. United have now have lost 4 games on the bounce in the Premier League, something that hasn’t happened since November 1961. The game ended 2-0 for Stoke City and now has seen United take just 2 points of a possible 15 in their last five matches. Van Gaal will definitely have a tough holiday season ahead.