Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal endured a miserable Boxing Day today, as their win-less run continued at the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke City scored twice to win comfortably and leave Van Gaal on the brink. The Red Devils were in hang-over mode it seemed as they were totally outplayed in the first half by a lively Stoke team, and Bojan Krkic found the net on the 19th minute following a disastrous backward heading attempt by Memphis, which Johnson collected easily to feed his teammate in the box, and Bojan calmly slotted between Jones’ legs to send the home fans in ecstasy. Arnautovic then doubled the lead 7 minutes later as he hammered home from the edge of the box, leaving United completely clueless.
Van Gaal decided to bring on Rooney at the beginning of the second half for the under-performing Memphis, but it was to no avail, as Stoke organized themselves well at the back to prevent any promiscuous attacks from United, but still Fellaini got an incredible chance to score, yet somehow shot straight at Butland, and in the later stages, Martial brought out another save from Butland, but it was a very timid response in truth as the Red Devils had to bow down in the end to a more determined Stoke City team, with what now looks like the end for Van Gaal at Old Trafford, unless the management decides otherwise. Another crucial match awaits the Red Devils in this festive period, as coming up in 2 days’ time will be Chelsea visiting Old Trafford, and with the recent runs, it could well be another defeat looming for the Red Devils.