Last season was a season to forget for Manchester United. David Moyes had the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of one of football’s greatest ever managers and one of football’s biggest clubs.
It is understandable really that when all was said and done, Moyes wasn’t quite up to the task. He hasn’t become a bad manager over night, and I hope and expect to see him back sooner rather than later.
That said, United were in an absolutely shambolic state by the time that Moyes was given his marching orders, and there is much work to be done.
The man entrusted with the rebuilding process is Louis Van Gaal, and I for one think that he could be United’s most crucial signing of the next five years. Van Gaal is a proven winner and has just guided Holland to 3rd place at the World Cup against all odds. He is an incredibly astute tactician, but more importantly his players seem to like him and want to play well for him.
Van Gaal looks set to use a 3-4-1-2 formation at United, which should solve the problem of how to get the best out of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin Van Persie.
Ashley Young appears to have been given a new lease of life in pre-season, and Ander Herrera looks as though he may be the midfielder to finally replace Paul Scholes that United have been searching for for so long.
Promise in youngster
Luke Shaw apparently has to work on his fitness, but once he is fully fit, he will be able to do a great job for United on the left flank, be that defensively or offensively.
Van Gaal will benefit from the fact that United are not involved in the Champions League, and he will also not suffer from the pressure of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s immediate successor. There will still be pressure on Van Gaal, but he has the tools at his disposal to get United back into the fop four this season. From there, he can look about building a title winning side.