Former Spurs chairman offers advice for United boss van Gaal

Louis van Gaal

Ex Tottenham Hotspur owner Lord Alan Sugar was rooting for Sunderland during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Lord Alan Sugar, former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, may regard Manchester United as a threat to Spurs's hopes of securing top four football this season as he rooted for Sunderland during the recent Stadium of Light match that finished 1-1.

On Sunday, a 17th minute Juan Mata close-range strike was canceled out when new Sunderland signing Jack Rodwell scored on the half-hour mark for the Black Cats in a result that leaves United in 13th place in the Premier League with just one point returned from a possible six.

During the game, Lord Sugar tweeted: "Come on Guss [sic: Gus Poyet] stuff Manchester United in the second half and show Mr Van Gaal that life is not that easy in the UK Premier League."

The Dutchman's tenure at Old Trafford initially seemed positive after he went through a hectic pre-season calendar undefeated, however, as soon as competitive football began in England, United have struggled.

Lord Sugar later added: "I suggest Mr Van Gaal does not put his house on the market in Amsterdam," with the implication being that he perhaps does not have longevity in the division and could soon return to his home-land.

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