​Louis van Gaal could be sacked by Manchester United if his side lose to Liverpool on Sunday, despite a number of improved performances of late. 

Wild rumours were flying around over the Christmas period, with some claiming that he was facing the sack after a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions saw United drop out of both the Champions League and the Premier League's top four. 

Those rumours have now started up again, with ​The Times claiming that the club's hierarchy is starting to get nervous that Van Gaal may miss out on Champions League qualification - a massive mark of status as well as a good source of income, and Van Gaal's main target for the season. 

If Spurs beat relegation battling Sunderland in Saturday's early game, United will go into their Sunday game five points off the top four, and defeat could leave a long road back to the promised land of Europe's premier competition.

If Van Gaal is to go, it's expected that Ryan Giggs will take the reins until the end of the season once again, as he did when David Moyes was fired in 2014.

A number of fans and ex-players have complained about United's 'boring' style throughout the season, with even sponsors Adidas reportedly beginning to get frustrated that their brand is being associated with relatively unadventurous football - although that style has begun to fade out over recent weeks. 

Van Gaal's side have been unbeaten in four games since that poor run at the end of 2015, nearly taking their run to three wins in a row but for Paul Dummett's late goal snatching a 3-3 draw for Newcastle at St James' Park on Tuesday night. 

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