The dutch man cut the figure of a defeated man, as he sat on the bench at the Britannia Stadium and watched helplessly, as his steam struggled to gather a head of steam and try to rescue a game in which they had a very poor first half and were down by two goals against a team that is notoriously hard to beat at home.
It now seems the former Ajax and Barcelona boss has run his race as the image of his former assistant, Jose Mourinho lurks in the shadow. The manager is now considering offering his resignation to chief executive, Ed Woodward, he wants to jump before he is pushed. His comments after the two nil loss to the potters pointed in that direction.
Speaking to reporters after the game, he said, ‘You have to wait and see, but I think so’, when asked if he will be in charge of the crunch game against Chelsea on Monday. Continuing, he said, ‘I can also quit by myself, but that is something that I speak with Ed Woodward by himself, and not with you, I have said already in former press conferences that the club has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do it by myself, but I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and with my members of staff or with my players and not with you. I don’t think that is the sequence’.
Whether the notoriously stubborn manager calls time on his old Trafford career or not, time will tell.