Today's newspaper gossip: Van Gaal on one-match ultimatum; Man United chase Mahrez

Published on: 21 December 2015

Several newspapers are reporting that manager Louis van Gaal will be sacked if Manchester United lose to Stoke on Boxing Day. (Various)

And United made contact with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho about replacing Van Gaal, even before Saturday's defeat to Norwich. (Sun) 

Mourinho would "jump at the chance" to manage at Old Trafford.(Daily Mail) 

The Daily Mirror leads with uncertainty over Louis van Gaal's future

Chelsea have lined up Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as a permanent replacement for Mourinho. (Fox Sports) 

Manchester City are favourites to land out-going Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, but they face competition from Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain when he leaves the Bundesliga side at the end of the season. (Guardian) 

Manchester United will bid £29m in January for Leicester's Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 24. (Le 10 Sport via Daily Express) 

Dutch winger Jeremain Lens, 28, has been dropped from the first team by Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce and fined two weeks' wages for refusing to take part in a post-match workout, after the 1-0 defeat to Watford on 12 December. (Daily Mail) 

And Allardyce will try to sell Lens when the transfer window opens in January. (Daily Mirror) 

Chelsea's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 29, wants showdown talks with new manager Guus Hiddink to find out if he has a future at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror) 

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, has hit back at critics of his performances this season, who say he is too slow. (Welt am Sonntag - in German) 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he rues not signing Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 21, while the England international was at QPR. (Sky Sports) 

Jose Mourinho does not believe midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 28, was one of the Chelsea players who had stopped playing for him. (Daily Telegraph) 

Didier Drogba is being groomed as a former Chelsea manager with Roman Abramovich keen to bring the 37-year-old back to Stamford Bridge. (Sun) 

Guus Hiddink wants former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to be part of his coaching staff at Stamford Bridge. (Times - subscription required) 

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva, 29, wants to see out the final three-and-a-half years of his contract. (Manchester Evening News) 

Best of 5 live sport

Pep Guardiola's next management role looks 'likely' to be at Manchester City, according to European football journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt. (Listen to the clip)

Manchester United should sack Louis van Gaal and appoint Jose Mourinho, according to former Wales striker John Hartson. (Listen to the clip)

Best of social media

Gareth Bale took home the match ball after his four goal display in Real Madrid's 10-2 win over Rayo Vallecano...and

https://twitter.com/GarethBale11/status/678691292147269632

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">put it  on top of his Christmas tree. He

https://twitter.com/GarethBale11/status/678649150976729088

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">tweeted  to say it was the "Perfect Christmas present."

Gareth Bale

Who needs a fairy or a star when you have the match ball

Barcelona forward Neymar posted a picture on Instagram  holding the Fifa Club World Cup, writing: "It's not everyday that we are world champions." ">https://www.instagram.com/p/_hFqmoxthS/">Instagram  holding the Fifa Club World Cup, writing: "It's not everyday that we are world champions."

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has

https://twitter.com/AnthonyMartial/status/678518532238401536

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">tweeted  his disappointment after Saturday's defeat to Norwich, and says the club "have to win the next game."

After winning the Fifa Club World Cup, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique

https://twitter.com/3gerardpique/status/678573780977983488

— (@3gerardpique)

">tweeted  "for my superiors" in response to Real Sociedad's Esteban Granero. Former Real midfielder Granero had defended Los Blancos defender Alvaro Arbeloa over a dispute with Pique and told the Barcelona defender to "respect your superiors".

Gerard Pique

And finally

Liverpool appeared to jinx goalkeeper Adam Bogdan before he made his first Premier League start for the Reds. The club's official Snapchat uploaded a photograph of Bogdan in the pre-match warm-up with the caption 'safe hands'. Just three minutes into the match, the Hungarian dropped a corner, allowing Nathan Ake to tap in.(Metro) 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave a trial to a youngster who had stood outside the club's training ground for weeks and begged for a chance. (Daily Star) 

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