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Jamie Carragher on Louis van Gaal's future at Manchester United

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​Jamie Carragher says Manchester United are "going backwards" under Louis van Gaal

​Jamie Carragher says Manchester United are "going backwards" under Louis van Gaal, and doesn't expect the Dutchman to be at Old Trafford next season if they fail to get into the top four.

Carragher was speaking on Super Sunday after United were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane, a result which saw them stay four points behind fourth-place Manchester City.

"It looks like they're going backwards," said Carragher. "In terms of Louis van Gaal, I don't see him at the club next year if he doesn't get top four.

Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United watches from the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United
Image: Louis Van Gaal's side were comprehensively beaten by Tottenham on Sunday

"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.

"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. 

"[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.

Report: Spurs 3-0 Man Utd
Report: Spurs 3-0 Man Utd

Full report from White Hart Lane

"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!

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"I'd be worried listening to my manager speaking like that after a game."

Carragher's fellow pundit Graeme Souness added: "You're relying on [Marcus] Rashford at 18, Martial at 20 and [Jesse] Lingard at 23 to get you goals. 

"It's Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world and every time we're here to talk about them, that's what we end up talking about.

"One shot in 90 minutes for Manchester United is not acceptable, you're asking boys to do men's jobs. The other teams in the world at their level are Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid - look at their strike forces."

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