Success as a top-level football manager starts with confidence. If you look at the best managers around the world they either fit into the "quietly confident" mould like Carlo Ancelotti, or they are "overtly confident" such as Jose Mourinho. Sir Alex Ferguson was in the latter of those two groups and United fans all over the world had become accustomed to hearing their manager be nothing but positive.
This attitude filters into the squad and gives the players self-belief. David Moyes failed spectacularly in this area and had lost the support of the fans the second "we have to aspire to be like Manchester City" came out of his mouth following a complete drubbing at the hands of their neighbours.
This was then exacerbated by Moyes openly admitting in an interview that Liverpool were favourites going into the rival clash. Now on paper that was true, Liverpool were having an incredible season and United were languishing outside of the European places seemingly content to stay there judging by the lacklustre performances. However, Sir Alex would rather have died and had his ashes scattered over the Kop itself, than admit that Liverpool were ever favourites over his United side.
Louis van Gaal has already begun to prove that he is better suited to the role, just days after being announced as Moyes' successor. His confident demeanour in interviews, his assertion that United are the "biggest club in the world" will all be music to fans' ears. He carries with him a sense of belief that borders on arrogance, but how many people said that about Sir Alex? He is a man who has a CV to back up this attitude, with successful stints at some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
David Moyes had a great reputation at Everton, and if someone offered me the job at Old Trafford I would have bitten their arm off, but I would not have felt I was the right man for the job and Moyes seemed like he had come to the same conclusion. I imagine Sir Alex being a hard man to turn down if he offers you something and Moyes ended up getting swept up and quickly out of his depth.
The manner in which a perceived "stupid question" from the BBC was dismissed by Van Gaal will have delighted not just United fans, but those who are fans of characters within the game.
He gives off the impression of a man who doesn't suffer fools and that is a characteristic always attributed to the man who occupied the Old Trafford hot seat during the clubs most successful period. It would seem that to be the Manchester United manager, you truly have to believe that you not only are capable of doing the job, but that you also belong there. Mr Van Gaal has made it clear he believes both, let's see if he shows us why.
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