We rate the daily gossip: Manchester United and Chelsea dominate the news

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MANCHESTER United will sack Louis van Gaal if his team lose to Stoke on Boxing Day – well, at least he can spend Xmas without the sack, unlike Jose Mourinho.
The managerial merry go round is even bigger than the transfer speculation just days before the January window opens so that must be a first.

So Zapsportz.com take you on the merry go round to let you know who is staying on and who is falling off…..
Several newspapers are reporting that manager Louis van Gaal will be sacked if Manchester United lose to Stoke on Boxing Day. Various 5/10
Once again we are heading for a knee jerk decision.  What if United pulverise Stoke and have a dodgy penalty defeat?
United made contact with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho about replacing Van Gaal, even before Saturday’s defeat to Norwich. Sun 0/10  
 Highly unlikely.  Probably middle men. 

Mourinho would ‘jump at the chance’ to manage at Old Trafford. Daily Mail 0/10  
 But United might not want to jump in bed with the Mad One. 

Chelsea have lined up Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as a permanent replacement for Mourinho. Fox Sports 0/10  
 Wrong on so many levels.
Manchester City are favourites to land outgoing 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 5/10
City bound for sure, unless Roman makes him an offer he simply can’t refuse – £20 m a year tax free!
Manchester United should sack Louis van Gaal and appoint Jose Mourinho, according to former Wales striker John Hartson. Listen to the clip 0/10
Won’t happen
Guus Hiddink, in charge on a temporary basis until the end of the season, wants former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to be part of his coaching staff at Stamford Bridge. Times – subscription required 5/10  
 Yes we know but didn’t they spot him on the pitch – he’s already coaching his old team mates. 
Drogba is being groomed as a future Chelsea manager with Roman Abramovich keen to bring him back to the club. Sun 0/10
No experience, so too soon to think about management.