Louis van Gaal’s inevitable appointment as the new Manchester United manager moves closer, but is he really the right man to bring glory back to the Theatre of Dreams or just a desperate panic buy plotted by the Glazers?
Either way, the principles of the club are dangerously close to following the path that both Chelsea and Manchester City have gone down over recent years by appointing big name, short-term bosses over and over again.
The current Dutch manager has never been one to stay for very long at a club in his 23 years of management, with a 6-year spell at Ajax being by far the most extensive stint. This makes you ponder whether this is what Manchester United truly need right now.
However, Van Gaal’s experience and proven quality should improve the dreadful situation Manchester United have found themselves following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
That’s all very well and good but why the Glazers decided to effectively kick David Moyes out of the door with only three games to go is extremely confusing and unprofessional. The temporary impact of Ryan Giggs has certainly motivated the crowd and excited the media but the performances are not much different.
OK, they have conjured up good results against Norwich and Hull but it was the convincing defeat to Sunderland at Old Trafford last weekend that replicated how United have played for much of the season.
Of course there is no shying away from the fact that David Moyes didn't produce the greatest of seasons but everybody, including the fans, knew Moyes would struggle before he even began his reign. He would be completely reinventing the team right the way from the training structure to the tactical approach and that he would need time – ‘time’ being more than 10 months in charge.
Why United were so adamant of appointing Moyes in the first place is baffling. Yes, he is an extremely good manager but it seemed that as if he was appointed purely because Ferguson liked him and quite possibly liked the idea of a fellow Scot taking the reins.
Nevertheless, it was Fergie who seemed to make the decision all on his own but it was Fergie himself who alliterated many times over his career that no one man is bigger than the club, so why did he get the choice of who would be the manager?
Moyes most certainly deserved to be considered but he wasn't exactly the perfect man to bring short term success as well as long term glory. United should of done everything in their power to bring in either Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho if they really wanted to try and emulate what Fergie had achieved.
Alternatively, maybe even somebody like Roberto Martinez, who brings out the very best in players and will only improve with better players at his disposal. After all he has won more trophies than Moyes and with Wigan Athletic no less – and they called that the impossible job.
The question now is whether 62-year-old Van Gaal will settle down in Manchester and attempt to bring back Champions League football and the trophies the fans desperately crave or if United decide to go against their ‘not a sacking club’ ethic and join Chelsea and their neighbours Man City with the revolving door policy.
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