Off the back of Manchester United's worst finish in the Premier League era, many questioned whether the desolation marked the end of an era for the the Red Devils. However, with the appointment of Louis van Gaal, currently enhancing his already esteemed reputation with the Netherlands squad in Brazil, the mood around Old Trafford feels far from downbeat.
The Dutchman has already completed his first signing, Ander Herrera, who joins from Athletic Bilbao in a reported £28.5 million deal. Given David Moyes' struggles in completing a deal for the highly rated midfielder, the speed at which the deal was wrapped up will be a major relief to United supporters, despite some initial doubts over Bilbao's stance on the sale.
With Herrera willing to swap Champions League football for Bilbao for no European football at Manchester United, it silences the doubts surrounding Manchester United's reputation in the game, after a woeful season.
It also raises the question as to why the English Premier League still retains a better reputation than La Liga, despite Spain's domination of European and international football over the past few seasons.
The Atlético Madrid team that stunned world football with their La Liga win is reportedly on the verge of deconstruction, with Chelsea waiting in the wings, having already signed Francesc Fabregas from Barcelona. Sevilla risk losing Alberto Moreno to Liverpool, although the move looks less certain than it did last week.
Of course their are exceptions, for example former Tottenham Hotspur duo Luka Modric and Gareth Bale joining Real Madrid, where they linked up with former Manchester United golden-boy Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, for the most part these moves are limited to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Even the top sides in Spain still can't compete with lesser teams in England, for example Gary Medel joining newly promoted Cardiff from Sevilla.
A major reason is obviously finance. English sides are able to offer higher wages, due to the exorbitant amount of money they receive through television rights. In Spain there is a large disparity between what the top sides and the bottom sides receive, whereas in England even the 20th side in the division are paid handsomely.
But finance cannot be the only reason. The English Premier League still retains a mythical reputation over other leagues, given it's hustle and bustle nature, and the genuine chance of upsets every week. It is arguably still seen as the highest benchmark by which a player can test himself at club level.
Therefore, although Ander Herrera could have been playing in the raucous atmosphere of the San Mamés, on a Champions League night, he will instead be testing himself on the proverbial "wet Monday night at Stoke", that La Liga simply cannot offer.
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