Louis van Gaal has been under constant speculation this season concerning whether he will continue to be Manchester United's manager at the start of the 2016-17 season.
The Dutchman has been in charge for only one full season at Old Trafford, finishing fourth in the league, and in doing so delivering the fans Champions League football once again.
This season he finds his team sitting fifth in the league with four games to play, just the one point behind Arsenal, who do have a game in hand.
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During his time at United, he has signed promising players, Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Luke Shaw. He has also proven to be incredibly adept at promoting young players into the first team, something that has always been revered as a Manchester United tradition, unearthing talents such as Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. His side remains in the FA Cup and stands a good chance of winning it, with Everton coming up in the semi-final.
It can be said of Van Gaal that he is willing to make tough decisions, especially when players don't perform. Depay is a great example of a player who has yet to live up to the hype, and the former Bayern Munich manager isn't afraid of dropping players who don't perform and giving young players the chance to impress.
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Van Gaal can point towards continuous injury problems in the first team as a cause for inconsistency, losing players like Shaw for the majority of the season after he suffered a serious leg injury during a Champions League game with PSV Eindhoven.
Even if Van Gaal is unsuccessful in winning the FA Cup and fails to qualify for next season's lucrative Champions League competition, would he merit the sack?
If we take a look back at the world's most successful manager and Manchester United, legend Sir Alex Ferguson, it is quite clear to see that allowing a manager time to build a team and compete is essential in creating a long lasting legacy and an extended period of success.
Ferguson failed to win a single league title with Manchester United for six seasons and it took him four seasons to win a trophy which happened to be the FA Cup in 1990.
Had the board done what the fans called for and granted Ferguson's sacking only two seasons into his management, the world would lack possibly the most successful managerial story in its history.
Has Manchester United become to used to consistent success? It can be argued yes and understandably so.
Ferguson, since the Premier League was founded in 1992, has never finished outside of the top three, and since his departure, Manchester United have failed to finish in the top three. Trophyless since his retirement as well, no wonder United fans are impatient.
Fans are tired of watching Van Gaal's possession hungry tactic, accusing it of lacking edge and incision while the team appear to be without the fight that Manchester United was famous for under Ferguson.
We shan't know if Van Gaal will be able to build on the foundations of his past two years at the club until the end of the season. If he was to leave, who would replace him and would the goal in recruiting a new manager be to create a dynasty as Sir Alex was able to?
Jose Mourinho has been continually linked to the Manchester club but would his appointment go against Man United's own philosophies?
The Portuguese has a proven track record of winning trophies and titles, but his reliance on a hefty transfer budget and already established players begs the question - will the youth be given opportunities? Mourinho has missed stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne before, will he overlook Manchester United's productive academy?
Mourinho has missed stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne before, will he overlook Manchester United's productive academy?
Van Gaal doesn't inspire the fans...yet. Perhaps he could. Is he worth the faith? That is the question. Speculation surrounding Van Gaal's future is unwarranted considering what he has started at one of England's most successful football clubs in the short time he has so far been afforded.
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