FA Cup success could mask Louis van Gaal's failings

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Manchester United will contest their first FA Cup final since 2007 when they face Crystal Palace on the 21st of May at Wembley Stadium.

Anthony Martial's last gasp winner sent United fans into hysteria as they progressed to the Wembley showpiece at the expense of the Toffies, after a 2-1 victory last month.

The prospect of their first trophy since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out in style by cruising to the 2012/13 Premier League title, has relieved some of the pressure on the much maligned Louis van Gaal.


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The Dutchman has endured a fall from grace since his arrival on English shores. Initially hailed as the man to return the glory days to the red side of Manchester, he now endures the brunt of public anger for a largely underwhelming side. His dull, unimaginative and ultimately boring tactics have led to many calling for the Dutchman's head. 

Supporters once blessed with exciting, title-winning teams are now being subjected to bland, weak and uninspiring football. A miserable Champions League campaign, coupled with a stuttering league campaign has lead to a loss of faith in the club's manager. Van Gaal is not the man to bring the club forward.


Van Gaal can claim success for guiding the Red Devils back into Europe's elite competition, however, they embarrassingly suffered an early exit due to unsuccessfully negotiating through a relatively straightforward group.

It is now extremely unlikely that United will rub shoulders with Europe's elite next season and consequently, they'll go without Champions League football for the second time in three seasons. 

After many failed promises and over £250 million pounds spent by the club, this should be regarded as unacceptable.


When he was acquired, Van Gaal brought with him an impressive CV and an air of self-confidence. This confidence has never wavered and initially endeared him to United's supporters. However, in the face of adversity, the Dutchman's charisma and self-belief have become to be viewed as plain arrogance.

Stubbornly sticking to a philosophy that does not work has infuriated supporters at times this season, and that has led to the firm belief that Van Gaal is not the man to return Manchester United to the top.

One last hurrah

Will a magical day at Wembley and potentially their first piece of silverware in three years be enough to turn Van Gaal's tenure into a success? Will the season's failings in other competitions be forgotten? 

Would an FA Cup trophy and a place in next season's Europa League represent a satisfactory season for the Red Devils, and consequently, will it be enough to keep Van Gaal in the job? The answer to all these questions lies on May 21, 2016, and the subsequent weeks that follow.

One thing that is for sure is that a victory at Wembley would enable Louis van Gaal to go into the summer break claiming his Manchester United career a success, and with his head held high.

Do YOU think Louis van Gaal is the right man to take Manchester United back to the top? Have YOU say in the comments box below.

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