Since the Glazers finally caved in to the growing pressures of fans and sacked David Moyes, after 10 months, there’s been one name heavily linked name with one of the biggest jobs in world football: Louis Van Gaal.
But what can we expect from the Dutchmen if he does take job?
The current Netherlands national team manager has been heavily linked with Premier League jobs recently, but looks like he’s on his way to Old Trafford.
The 62-year-old, who’s managed Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has definitely got knowledge with the big clubs - unlike Moyes.
What the current Holland manager can offer is appetite for the game; and a lot of it. Famously known for his pants down rant, of which he raged a speech about his control whilst at Bayern; it sums up his lunacy, yet control at the same time.
He’s controversial, and has supposedly fallen out with big players at previous clubs; despite this, he’s successful. Every manager has their pickings with the media, so we can be unsure of how speculation is true; regardless of his success, one thing he doesn’t possess is Premier League experience, something which Moyes did, but still failed to contribute towards anything this season.
Many United fans have mentioned his non-existent experience doesn’t make him the ‘right man’; Jose Mourinho, one of the most successful managers in the history of the Premier League had no experience, and made an instant impact at Porto. Other managers, such as Hiddink, Ancelotti and Mancini have also made big impacts early on. Yet we’ve also had many who have been and gone quicker than a blink of an eye.
A titanic issue for any manager taking the United job is we expect Fergie-esque results and long-term commitment. Any forthcoming manager has a big enough job, regardless of the Ferguson success cloud to be consistently reminded of.
At 62, Van Gal can’t offer 26 years, but what he can offer is passion, unquestionable experience, and a boost in morale, around the whole club.
The Dutchman advocates himself as a ‘relationship coach’, something Manchester United's squad could do with.
It’ll be interesting to see where how this conjecture develops other the summer.
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