When David Moyes abruptly left his post as Manchester United manager at the end of last season’s campaign, there was a great feeling of necessary change and transition in and around the somewhat concerned Old Trafford faithful.
The Red Devils simply looked a shadow of their former selves under the ex-Everton and now current Real Sociedad boss – and even though Moyes was expected to follow in the footsteps of his countryman Sir Alex Ferguson as fate seemed to suggest – the Man United board were forced to take a dramatic u-turn on their previous choice and hire someone who was seemingly able to get the club back on its feet once again.
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Enter Louis van Gaal…
Coming in straight off the back of a decent World Cup campaign with his native Netherlands, the Dutchman brought with him a wealth of experience in managing at the top level, an ability to rid the Old Trafford changing room of any arrogance or over-confidence, as well as being someone who pretty much knew how to get results at the highest level of the game.
In reality though, things just haven’t worked out that smoothly at Manchester United throughout 2014/15 – which has led the footballing community to ask one important question: Is Louis van Gaal really any better than his Red Devils predecessor, David Moyes?
The answer – whilst seemingly arriving before this season has actually reached its conclusion – is probably a yes, yet only a marginal one at best. Manchester United after-all still occupy one of the all-important Champions League qualifications spots, they look a great deal stronger all-round than they did last season – and as is the signature hallmark of all top teams – LVG has that important knack of being able to grind out results, even when his team really isn’t playing to its full potential.
That’s how Manchester United have come across this season at least, but their 2014/15 campaign has also been one largely defined by large portions of disappointment and inefficiency as well. Louis van Gaal simply had a shed load of money to spend throughout the summer. It was to a level that David Moyes didn’t quite enjoy whilst he was at Old Trafford, and it should have definitely signalled a turnaround in the club’s fortunes much faster than it has done so far.
Angel Di Maria has overall been a waste of money considering how much he cost, the likes of Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw really don’t seem Manchester United quality as of yet – and as for Radamel Falcao in a Red Devils shirt – perhaps the least said about him the better. Ultimately LVG just hasn’t been able to get the best out of his players this season, and that does his managerial reputation no favours whatsoever.
In addition to this, the charismatic Dutch boss has also been criticized this year for being a bit one dimensional in his approach. Moyes felt a similar level of distain for his tactics whilst at Man United, but as van Gaal was supposed to be someone with a much higher wealth of coaching experience across the board, such an outcome really wasn’t expected.
The long-balls up to Marouane Fellaini seem to have caught the attention of the widespread footballing community at the moment, as well as Louis van Gaal’s seeming inability to know what his best team really is.
Should Falcao and Van Persie ever have been played together? Is Wayne Rooney wasted in his deeper lying position? Just what is the best centre-back pairing for Manchester United going into the future? – So many questions still remain unanswered when it comes to the ever talked about English club.
Almost on the basis of that reasoning alone, and coupled with the fact that Man United spent quite frankly an incredible amount in the lead up to this year’s campaign, Louis van Gaal has simply flattered to deceive when compared with David Moyes – even if Champions League qualification does ultimately await the club come the end of the season.
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