When Manchester United sacked David Moyes they went with the fans favourite choice in Ryan Giggs, the club were praised as a whole in taking the chance in appointing a man who had a glittering playing career but was untested in a managerial capacity. In the short term it would appear to have been a shrewd appointment, the fans were back on side, the club got a win in his first game and the atmosphere at Old Trafford went back to the era of SAF, again there was belief.
In the 10 months Moyes was in charge nearly every week the papers were printing stories of unhappy players, disparaging remarks about the manager and how certain players were generally unimpressed not to mention the fans reaction to results creating extra pressure on the manager. It’s hardly surprising he had so many problems when the job he took on having to follow a legend like SAF. Ferguson had created a unique environment at United and the success he achieved was always going to hang over anyone who replaced him.
Moyes took the hardest job in football and made the bold decision to replace the whole back room staff and bring in his own, this is what many people thought was the main reason for the discord inside the club. Many players who had worked under SAF for so long appeared to struggle adapting to Moyes’s style of play and when Giggs took over it seemed like a renewing of the ‘old ways’ favoured by SAF.
No longer were the stories of players revolt, all appears good, unless you think about the situation the appointment of Giggs created, one manager had already been sacked for trying to change the club and now another manager is arriving to try the very same.
Louis van Gaal is known for being a strong manager, enforcing his style of play and not accepting any failures from players. He has had a successful career throughout Europe international and club level with his methods and he’s unlikely to change to suit the players of his new club when he has a reported £200million in transfer funds.
Giggs’s appointment then can work one of two ways, either the players are happier with Giggs still being at the club and having influence with the manager advising him on what will be more accepted by the players. Or the players will begin to show the same issues as they did with Moyes and once van Gaal has been sacked they get their first choice again in Giggs.
Manchester United are a massive club with an incredible amount of support and a great history and it would be wrong just to say they would cave in to player pressure and remove van Gaal if the results aren’t at the expected level but if the short reign of Moyes has shown one thing it’s that the pressure from the fans, media and players can influence the managerial position and unless they give van Gaal a good amount of time, transfer support and the amount of power they gave Ferguson to control the squad it could be a second Moyes.
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