Manchester United Manager, Louis Van Gaal, says that his position is under scrutiny after his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City on Saturday.
Speaking in his post-match presser, Van Gaal admitted that he is under pressure because of the recent poor run of form.
He, however, insists that a change in management will not bring immediate success, before urging the club’s hierarchy to back him for the rest of the season.
United have lost their last three matches in all competitions and are winless in their last 6 games.
Manchester United were booed off by their own fans as Norwich earned a shock 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.
English Premier League Results
In other English Premier League matches played on Saturday, Newcastle played a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in St. James Park, while goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro Rodriquez and Brazilian midfielder, Oscar gave Chelsea a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in front of new boss, Guus Hiddink.
Leicester City ensured they will be top of the table at Christmas by beating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.
Harry Kane scored on his 100th Tottenham appearance as they moved into the top four with a 2-0 victory at struggling Southampton.
Substitute Lee Chung-Yong lashed home a sensational winner for crystal palace at stoke to put the eagles level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.
Bournemouth secured their second away win of the season after a 2-1 win over Westbrom.
Arsène Wenger believes that 80 points could be enough to win the Premier League title this season.
Manchester United were the last team to win the league with just 80 points back in 2011, with Chelsea amassing 87 last season, but the Arsenal manager believes the race will be a lot closer this time around.
Only three points separate Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the table and Wenger stressed how important it is for the Gunners to take points off their main rivals this season, starting with Manchester City on Monday night.
“It looks to be very tight,” he said. “We have played 16 games and the top team is on 35 points, so it means that the Premier League could be decided at around 80 points.
“If you look at the results it looks as though the consistency will be the main priority in this league because every week you are surprised by the results. We have really established a good run so for us it’s important to continue that.
“It is a massive game (on Monday). When we play at home you want to win because we are ambitious and we feel we have the chance to come out in a strong position after Christmas.
“It will be a very tight game because if you look at the numbers since the start of the season, offensively and defensively the numbers are very close. Manchester City has huge individual potential with David Silva and Sergio Aguero coming back and so we will need a top, top-level team performance.”
Arsenal’s last meeting with Manuel Pellegrini’s side saw them record an impressive 2-0 win at Etihad Stadium in January, and Wenger believes that victory will give his side confidence going into Monday’s game.
“It was a needed step for our team,” he said. “It was not enough, but it was the first step which was certainly vital to strengthen the belief of our team.
“When you have never done it, people can tell you ‘you aren’t good enough, you aren’t good enough’ but when you have done it, you know you can do it and that strengthens you. Of course it is important.”
Sergio Aguero scored five goals in a mesmerizing 20-minute spell as Manchester City crushed Newcastle United 6-1 on Saturday to reclaim first place in the English Premier League.
City had lost their previous two league games and went behind in the 18th minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home, but Aguero equalised in the 42nd minute before hitting the net again four more times.
Kevin De Bruyne also scored, as well as teeing up two of Aguero’s goals, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side provisionally moved two points clear of Manchester United, who visit Arsenal on Sunday.
Seeking to bounce back from their UEFA Champions League loss at Porto, Chelsea recalled Captain John Terry and took a tenth-minute lead when Willian planted a free-kick in the top-right corner from wide on the left.
But Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho saw his team fall apart once again as they sank to a 3-1 home defeat against Southampton, which left the champions ten points off the pace in 16th place.
Steven Davis rattled home a 43rd-minute equaliser from Graziano Pelle’s chested lay-off before an unsuccessful interception by Terry allowed Sadio Mane to run through and put Southampton ahead on the hour.
After Radamel Falcao had been booked for a dive in the Chelsea box, Pelle added a merited third in the 72nd minute, gathering a pass from Mane and firing a shot into the bottom-left corner.
It was the first time Mourinho had seen an away team score more than two goals at Stamford Bridge in the league and it sealed Chelsea’s fourth defeat of the campaign – their worst start to a season in 37 years.
Earlier in the day, Crystal Palace climbed to third place by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0, with Yohan Cabaye teeing up Yannick Bolasie for the 68th-minute opener and then netting a late penalty. Leicester City returned to the top four after winning 2-1 at Norwich City courtesy of goals from Jamie Vardy, who claimed his seventh goal of the campaign from the spot, and Jeff Schlupp.
West Ham United slipped to fifth place following a 2-2 draw at second-bottom Sunderland. Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens, who scored a classy chip, put Sunderland 2-0 up, but Lens was then sent off for two bookable offences and goals from Carl Jenkinson and Dimitri Payet earned West Ham a point.
Full debutant Glenn Murray scored but then squandered a late penalty as Bournemouth were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow promoted side Watford, for whom Odion Ighalo netted for the fifth time this term. Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic earned Stoke City a 1-0 win at Aston Villa.
Louis van Gaal has accused his shell-shocked Manchester United players of “throwing the game away” after their second-half collapse against Leicester City on Sunday.
Van Gaal was left stunned by a shambolic defensive performance from his reconstructed team and admitted it brought back painful memories.
Man United were looking good to achieve back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time under Louis van Gaal when leading 3-1 thanks to goals from Robin van Persie, Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera.
However, the newly-promoted side hit back with devastating effect in the second half of the match.
Goals from David Nugent, Esteban Cambiasso, Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa saw Nigel Pearson’s men fight back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to win 5-3 and pick up their first win at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League.
After two home draws against Everton and Arsenal, the Foxes were looking for a big result against a rejuvenated Man Utd side who started with Falcao, Van Persie and Wayne Rooney in attack.
Reports say Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, gave his squad the famous Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer treatment following the humiliating 5-3 loss.
This is according to Sky News anchor, Eamonn Holmes, who said he walked past the United dressing room after full-time and revealed that Van Gaal handed a stern dressing down.