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Man Utd draw up shortlist to replace Van Gaal

Sunday World back page

Sunday World back page

Manchester United have drawn up a shortlist of candidates to replace beleaguered manager Louis van Gaal next summer – with the Argentine duo of Diego Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino emerging as their prime contenders.

Highly experienced Manchester reporter Ken Lawrence has been given the inside track on United's next move, as the pressure to replace Van Gaal mounts and two potential successors emerge.

Atletico Madrid boss Simeone is a prime target for any top club after the sterling work he has done in recent years, while Pochettino's stock is rising at a rapid rate as he impresses at Tottenham.

Get the full story in tomorrow's Sunday World, with Kevin Palmer reporting on the latest night of discomfort for Van Gaal, as his struggling United side limped past League One side Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

John Aldridge gives us his exclusive postcard from Australia, as he scored for a Liverpool legends side featuring Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in Sydney on Thursday.

We also have an exclusive interview with Scunthorpe striker Paddy Madden ahead of his FA Cup date with Chelsea on Sunday and a full round-up of the best action from Saturday's soccer.

With the best GAA and racing coverage also thrown into the mix, you will not want to miss this weekend's Sunday World.

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Video – Paul Scholes rips into "depressing" Man Utd

Rooney's late penalty won it for United

Rooney’s late penalty won it for United

Manchester United turned in another dire performance as they beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the FA Cup with a last minute Wayne Rooney penalty, yet the performance piled the pressure on boss Louis van Gaal once again.

Van Gaal offered a stout defence of his team on a night when they failed to get a shot on target until the 68th minute, with the ironic jeers of United fans not appearing to affect the mood of the club's manager.

As he laughed his way through his post match interview, Van Gaal did not appear to be a manager with any concerns, as he gave an upbeat version of events to BT Sport.

“I don’t think it was an escape. It’s always difficult to play against such an opponent. They had so many men behind the ball," he stated.

"You have to play with pace and with wingers. It was a little bit better in the second half, but not too much because they were very well organised.

"We win this match and that is the most important thing. The only thing that counts is we are in the next round.

"We have to do it better, we have to move the ball. We know that."

"Everybody is talking about @SUFC_tweets' defence!" Van Gaal admits @ManUtd must do more in attack. #EmiratesFACup https://t.co/TSJeWK9NX8

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) January 9, 2016

The United manager was not alone in trying to find a silver lining in the display of the home side at Old Trafford, with match winner Rooney also offering an upbeat message:

"We've done what we needed." @WayneRooney says the result was more important than @ManUtd's display. #EmiratesFACup https://t.co/IP2wpaxvgo

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) January 9, 2016

However, the attempts of the United manager and his skipper to paper over the cracks in their side's display were not endorsed by United great Paul Scholes, who offered up this cutting critique.

"People need digging out!" Paul Scholes insists he would be "depressed" if he was a @ManUtd player. #EmiratesFACup https://t.co/mVPRfjZH9X

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) January 9, 2016

Scholes was equally savage with his half-time analysis that will not have amused Van Gaal:

"It used to be entertaining at this place!" @ManUtd's first-half display disappoints Paul Scholes. #EmiratesFACup https://t.co/hvBRqEA2Fb

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) January 9, 2016