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Why Louis van Gaal is coming under fire

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After only a year-and-a-half in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal is coming under repetitive and yet more piercing scrutiny as people begin to question the style that the manager is advocating at Old Trafford.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013, the Red Devils have struggled to find the sort of form that can both propel them to mount a title challenge and keep their supporters happy. These fans have been used to a swashbuckling style and a much quicker pace of play.

We need only look back at Van Gaal's management career - which has been a very successful one - to see that he favours possession football - something that United fans have not been accustomed to seeing.

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It is a fair enough assumption to say that United fans have been patient with the Dutchman since he arrived at the club, but, now he has spent almost £300 million and there is no discernible improvement in the quality of football being produced, supporters are rightly disgruntled.

Furthermore, it is not just some of the results that have added to the fans' disgruntlement with Van Gaal and his coaching staff, but the nature of the performances has also been a factor.

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United have consistently struggled to break down very average teams such as West Ham and PSV - this has forced the manager to defend his style of play time and again, which Red Devils fans are growing increasingly disillusioned with.

Indeed, United have reportedly begun looking towards life after the current boss and reports suggesting that Pep Guardiola will be the next manager at Old Trafford have become more and more common.

Van Gaal currently looks set to see out his three-year-deal, but the question is: will his reign prove fruitful and, even if it does, will his replacement impose a new style on Manchester United to appease their demanding supporters?

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