Why Louis van Gaal should be sacked immediately

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It might seem ridiculous that the manager of a team fourth in the Premier League and top of their Champions League group could possibly be under pressure.

But this is no ordinary team, this is Manchester United - a football club that takes pride in being one of the biggest and most celebrated football clubs in the world.

When Louis van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford, fans celebrated the appointment, claiming it would undo the damage left by David Moyes.


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The Dutchman has had time and huge funds to build his own team, spending over £250 million in comparison to the £67 million spent by Moyes.

It must be acknowledged that recruitment has improved drastically since the inept attempts of his predecessor at bringing in world-class players. However, even Van Gaal would admit not all of his signings have been successful, the best example, of course, being Angel di Maria.

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The list of United greats who have criticised their team's style of play is growing daily, with the same basic message coming across each time. The possession-based game the Red Devils now play is deemed 'boring' and 'dull' and not what they describe as 'the Manchester United style'.

In many ways, it is a similar situation to that of the final days of the 'tika-taka' style at Barcelona. Many started to criticise that great team and say they prioritised possession over attacking intent.

It seems this irritating theory is also being put forward at Old Trafford. Players are seemingly waiting for the perfect goal or the opposition to make a mistake, rather than taking the game by the scruff of the neck and making something happen.

Looking at Barcelona now, they have re-invented themselves as a more direct team that places more emphasis on attacking intent.

The Catalans show that it is possible to win trophies and be the very best without treating possession as the holy grail of a football match. Keeping possession is important, but should not come at the expense of looking to score goals, the whole point of the sport.

If Van Gaal remains reluctant to allow his attacking players the freedom to express themselves, he is not the right man to rebuild the team.

He has spent more than enough money to take the Red Devils back to the top of English football - if not world football - so there are no more excuses for the Dutchman.

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