Man United would be stupid to replace Moyes with Van Gaal

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You suspect that some Manchester United fans would gladly take any manager this summer, regardless of his name, so long as he wasn't called David Moyes.

It seems increasingly likely that the hapless Moyes will not be in charge of the Red Devils at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, with rumours starting to filter through that the beleaguered Scot has "completely lost the dressing room" at Old Trafford.

If Moyes fails to pick up a single point from this month's vital home matches against fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, and suffers elimination from the Champions League at the last 16 stage - which, following last week's 2-0 first leg defeat to Olympiakos, seems very likely - then the Manchester United hierarchy will need to hold their hands up and admit they made a big mistake last summer.

Moyes' debut season has been an unmitigated disaster, with very few - if any - positives and, most worryingly of all, a complete absence of any sort of long-term tactical plan.

But while it's becoming abundantly clear that Moyes is in way over his head at Old Trafford, reports that Manchester United are considering replacing him with Louis van Gaal should worry the Red Devils' faithful even more than the prospect of a second season with "The Chosen One" at the helm.

Van Gaal might be a continental coach and the current manager of the Netherlands national team, but don't let that fool you: he is an old school authoritarian coach.

The 62-year-old enjoyed the most successful period of his career during the 1990s with Ajax and then Barcelona. Those were his peak years as a coach.

He then failed to win a single piece of silverware until 10 years later, in 2009, when he won the Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar - an impressive achievement, perhaps, but on that basis why not give the Manchester United job to Steve McClaren, whose title-winning achievements with FC Twente 12 months later were even more impressive.

Van Gaal won the league and cup double with Bayern Munich in 2010 - but watched his side lose convincingly to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in the Champions League final - and was then sacked by the Bavarian club in the following April after alienating himself from just about everyone at the Allianz Arena.

Van Gaal refused to listen to anyone at the club - not the directors, his backroom staff and especially not his players - which earned him few friends and tarnished his reputation.

Meanwhile, his man-management skills were lambasted by his disillusioned players, who had grown tired of being constantly criticised and patronised by their authoritarian coach who acted more like a strict headmaster at times.

While some claim that what this Manchester United team need most is a kick up the backside - and no doubt Van Gaal would provide this - what they most certainly don't need is a past-it disciplinarian to knock any lingering confidence out of them with a series of fearsome dressing downs.

The Red Devils need a younger coach, with fresh and innovate ideas, who will get the players playing for him through sheer positive motivation.

Someone like Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, or even the man who has been tipped to join Van Gaal at Old Trafford - Ajax head coach Frank de Boer - would be a better fit.

But Van Gaal would be even more of a disaster than Moyes.

And that really is saying something.

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