Finally, after months of speculation, it looks as though Louis van Gaal will be making way for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
The Dutchman, who swaggered into town two years ago entrusted with the task of repairing the damage done by David Moyes, has been criticised all season for his team’s lackluster displays.
Not even an FA Cup triumph, the first trophy of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, could make amends for what has been a turbulent season at Old Trafford.
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Here are Van Gaal’s three biggest mistakes since succeeding Moyes two years ago.
To score goals, you need good strikers, and unfortunately for United, bar the young duo Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, goals were had to come by this season.
Last year they had Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and sent Javier Hernandez to Real Madrid on loan, meaning they had a strike-force enviable even amongst the top clubs in Europe.
However Van Persie’s form waned drastically and Falcao, who had arrived after stunning displays for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, was never able to live up to his superstar billing.
Hernandez was excellent for Bayer Leverkusen this year and the Mexican could have been a key player for Van Gaal this season.
If United fans had fumed at the dire displays under Moyes, their anger reached new levels during Van Gaal’s tenure with the team often labelled boring by many in the footballing world.
Possession helped Spain and Barcelona dominate European football a few years ago but, though United possess some great players, they were unable to adjust to Van Gaal’s possession-based approach.
They scored just 49 goals in 38 league games, with strikers Martial, Rashford and Wayne Rooney often starved of service due to their manager’s insistence that they dominate the ball rather than focus on putting it in the net.
However, with Mourinho coming in, there is no guarantee their style of play will improve much next season.
Van Gaal spent £250million on new recruits – meaning a fourth and fifth-placed finish in each of his two seasons was not good enough.
Martial and Daley Blind have proved to be excellent additions, but Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay struggled after joining from Real Madrid and PSV Eindhoven respectively.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was meant to be a stunning recruit, but the German has been jinxed by injuries and fellow midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has failed to show the consistency he showed at Southampton.
Van Gaal has wasted the money given to him by the board and Mourinho must now succeed in buying the right players for the team.
So there are three major mistakes Van Gaal made during his time at Manchester United, and for Mourinho to be successful at the club, should he be appointed as expected, he will need to avoid making similar mistakes.
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