Just over two years ago Manchester United opted to sack David Moyes in favour of Louis van Gaal.
The Scot had failed to bring the same successful football Sir Alex Ferguson did to Old Trafford, with the Premier League champions falling from first to seventh in a turbulent year that ended with Ryan Giggs at the helm.
Van Gaal’s appointment was meant to bring the glory days back to the Theatre of Dreams but so far it is yet to yield results. Here are the three reasons why he has failed and why Moyes deserved another crack at the whip.
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1) Money squandered
Moyes spent his only summer as United boss tailing Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, only to end it with Marouane Fellaini his sole recruit.
The Belgian’s languid style of play has failed to endear him to supporters with Fellaini later becoming the symbol for the disastrous Moyes era.
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Van Gaal has been boosted by a huge cash flow helping to bring in the likes of Anthony Martial, but much was squandered on Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao who failed to take to English football.
Moyes could have lured the likes of Toni Kroos and Bale to United had he been backed heavily in the transfer market, something that proved to be a huge detriment to him during his brief time at the club.
2) Boring football
United fans thought football was bad under Moyes – until Van Gaal swaggered into town and stifled their best and most creative players.
Di Maria and Falcao joined an already impressive attacking arsenal also consisting of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, but the club scored just 62 goals from their 38 matches.
That tally looks likely to sink even lower this year, with just Rooney and Martial hitting double figures for the season.
Moyes’ teams never chimed with the same beauty as other top teams in the country but they were a marked improvement over what the Old Trafford faithful currently have to put up with.
3) Deserved time
Regardless of whether or not United manage to end the campaign with some silverware, there can be no denying Van Gaal has failed to get the best from his players during his two seasons at the club.
Moyes was axed 10 months into a six-year deal yet could argue he deserved more time given the lack of progress since his departure.
Van Gaal has been backed heavily in every transfer market and is hugely fortunate to have been given more time than his predecessor.
That said, his time could be running out with Jose Mourinho widely tipped to take over in the summer.