On 16th August, new Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, will walk out in front of the Old Trafford faithful for the very first time to begin what he hopes will be a long and successful career in charge of England’s most decorated football club.
Just over 2 months ago, David Moyes was relieved of his duties after just 10 months in charge for what can only be described as a disappointing performance in which he broke all of the wrong records, including the lowest ever points tally in United’s Premier League history.
Last year was no doubt a difficult season for Manchester United fan’s, who in fairness maintained their tremendous support throughout the campaign, despite the ever growing tense atmosphere inside Old Trafford.
However the news that current Holland boss, Louis Van Gaal, will be in charge next year has bought along a new belief that the future of the club is a bright one.
But what exactly can we expect from the man who has won pretty much all there is to win at club level?
Many believe that last year’s main problem was down to Moyes not having control of the dressing room or the belief of the players. Van Gaal however is a much more assertive manager who will have no problem getting the players on his side and believing in his ideas.
Sometimes in football it is necessary to take risks, and Van Gaal’s decision to replace Dutch number one Jasper Cillessen with Newcastle stopper Tim Krul for his team’s penalty shoot-out defeat of Costa Rica just days ago, shows that he is not afraid to do so.
United still the choice for top players
On top of this, players are now choosing to join Manchester United over the opportunity to play European football. New signings Ander Herrera, who helped Athletic Bilbao to a UEFA Champions League qualifying place last year, and Luke Shaw who snubbed interest from Chelsea and Liverpool to join the Red Devils, have both done this.
Finally, if United are to compete for the title next year, Robin van Persie’s performances will be very important to them. An RVP at his best is just about as good as any other striker in the world, and if someone is to get him to that level again then it’s Van Gaal.
Ultimately you can’t ever really know what to expect from Louis Van Gaal, but one thing is for sure, his methods work and he brings success, which is the number one priority for a club as big as Manchester United.
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