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Hiddink: Van Gaal must deliver

By Matt McGeehan

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said Louis van Gaal must accept scrutiny as manager of a Manchester United side vying for the Barclays Premier League title.

Hiddink was asked about United's troubles in a campaign which has seen Van Gaal's position come under sharp focus amid fans' frustration, with Jose Mourinho apparently waiting in the wings to succeed him.

Van Gaal has bristled at suggestions he could lose his job, with United fifth, 10 points behind leaders Leicester.

And a win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow (4pm) could reignite the Red Devils' hopes of succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions.

"He has to perform, this is normal, as we have to perform here as well," Hiddink said. "There is pressure. There was and still is big ambition. The pressure is on. It's on everyone. But if you have the possibility to go into first position, then pressure is on."

Hiddink replaced Mourinho at Chelsea in December and declined the opportunity to fully appraise United's season, suggesting the Blues had enough concerns of their own.

The London side remain in the bottom half of the table entering this weekend's fixtures.

Chelsea's troubles and likely lack of European football - unless they win the Champions League, like in 2012 - could lead to a high player turnover this summer.

Ramires has already left for the Chinese Super League and it was reported that Oscar was the subject of a £57million bid from Jiangsu Suning.

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