David Moyes had time to mark one final piece of history before ending his ill-fated Old Trafford tenure - it is Manchester United's first sacking since 1986, when they ditched Ron Atkinson.

Now, whether that was the right decision or not is mute now. United have to look at the short-term recovery and long-term plan when deciding what direction they would like to see the club move in.

The first and most obvious task is a new manager and coaching staff for next season. This may not be so simple, it cannot be a quick, sentiment based decision like the appointment of Moyes was. A smart and professional interview process of the available candidates is vital.

Do United want a director of football now? Should their next manager be experienced or young and exciting? These questions must be carefully considered by Ed Woodward and the Glazer family.

The first move should be steadying the ship, and pushing the club back to an acceptable level over the next two years. A certain type of manager is needed right now and one is, in the form of soon to be unemployed Holland coach Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal is an arrogant, difficult, attack-minded manager, qualities most great managers have. I'm sure Sir Alex Ferguson was described in a similar way too, as is Jose Mourinho. Van Gaal would instil the right attitude into the team and the players would learn from him, he takes no nonsense and you can be certain there would be none of these encrypted social media messages coming fro the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Wilfried Zaha.

Van Gaal has won European Cups, domestic titles and cups in both Germany and Spain. He has a wealth of experience and his stamp is on teams all over Europe. Look at Bayern Munich; Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller are all legacies of his short reign.

He either developed, converted or promoted those players, but he very rarely gets the credit that he is due. The next two bosses have done brilliantly and achieved greater things in terms of trophies, but it was Van Gaal who got them on the right track before handing it over to more long-term managers.  

Is that not what United need, a man who can get them going in the right direction for a few years, promote and develop youth and play attacking football? Sure he won't stay more than three or four years, but look at who could become available then - Klopp, Pep Guardiola, even Carlo Ancelotti. Any of those three, preferably Jurgen Klopp, could come in and take over to achieve greater in the long term.

Now, I'm not saying he should be ahead of Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho in the running, but can United realistically attract these men right now? Almost certainly not. Van Gaal would demand respect and courage from the current squad and will definitely attract some great players - characteristics that David Moyes lacked during his time in Manchester.

Whatever route Man Utd go down in the future, it's hard to see past Van Gaal for now. That's not to say United shouldn't interview several candidates because they cannot make the same mistakes as last time, but it seems like the crazy Dutchman is destined for the Old Trafford hot seat.

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