Manchester United's dismal Champions League campaign came to an end last night as they were beaten at the hands of Wolfsburg.
Louis van Gaal's side never quite got going in Europe's elite competition this season, failing to get through a relatively straightforward group. Dutchman Van Gaal may well have secured a top four place for the Red Devils last term, but he's had to endure a great deal of criticism in recent weeks.
Despite the fact that United are just three points off the summit of the Premier League table, the experienced boss has come under increasing pressure at Old Trafford. United may well have a fine defensive record, but they have struggled to score goals and play with any real attacking intent.
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Van Gaal's United aren't exactly a joy to watch and last night's European humbling has once again brought his critics out in full force.
In fact, fans even suggested that the club should bring back David Moyes...
Comparing Moyes and LVG
Of course, these tweets represent a minority of the Manchester United faithful, to say the least, but fans may well be concerned by some of the statistics when analysing Van Gaal and Moyes.
In fact, when comparing the aforementioned managers for the Red Devils in Europe, there is only one winner...
Moyes may well have failed to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, but the former United boss enjoyed a solid run in Europe.
The 2013/14 team were unbeaten in the group stages as they secured four wins and two draws from their six matches. With 14 points and 12 goals, Moyes' team appeared to turn on the style.
With just eight points and seven goals, the current United side can't complain after failing to secure their place in the Round of 16. A victory in Germany last night would have been enough for the Red Devils, but they failed to take their big chance.
United fans will no doubt remember that Moyes managed to get a victory in Germany. In fact, his side ran riot as United demolished Bayer Leverkusen by five goals to nil. It was probably the Red Devils' finest performance under the Scotsman.
So, how far have United come in the past two years?
Manchester United team vs Leverkusen - November 2013: De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand Evra, Giggs, Valencia, Jones, Rooney, Kagawa, Nani.
Manchester United team vs Wolfsburg - December 2015: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schweinsteiger, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Depay, Martial.
Well, considering the amount of money that has been spent under the Dutch regime, they probably haven't come far enough. The dynamic of the side has completely changed under Van Gaal, but United are still some way off the best teams in Europe.
In one summer, Moyes secured the services of Marouane Fellaini. He later signed Juan Mata from Chelsea, but he certainly didn't spend huge sums. Van Gaal, on the other hand, has spent in excess of £250 million on new players. Unlike Moyes, Van Gaal has been completely backed by the Manchester United hierarchy, but they haven't been repaid...
Back in 2014, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in their first-leg Round of 16 tie, United managed to secure themselves a place in the quarter-final of the competition thanks to a Robin van Persie hat-trick in the return leg.
In fact, United were just over half an hour away from knocking giants Bayern Munich out of the competition. Of course, it wasn't meant to be, but Moyes was close to securing a semi-final spot.
Van Gaal and Co., however, won't be returning to the Champions League after the New Year. It will be Europa League football for a United side, who have showed little sign of progression in the last couple of years. The United boss has to make up for it domestically or he may well head down the same route as his predecessor.
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