Can Louis van Gaal Bring Back Glory to United this Season?
Entering into his second year as head manager for Manchester United after taking over the disappointed ten month spell of David Moyes, fans, sports analysis, and critics have all asked the million dollar question: Can Louis van Gaal bring back United to its former glory?
Ever since Ferguson’s departure from Old Trafford, the Red Devils seemed to be a shadow of their former selves. With an underperforming season from the Everton manager David Moyes, the club and fans felt that the positive energy and buzz when Louis van Gaal was chosen as new head manager for Manchester United in May 2014. Having incredible success with big clubs and high positions such as the Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and the Netherlands national team, it seemed fitting that Van Gaal would be the perfect fit to fill in the shoes of the Sir Alex Ferguson. However, with another disappointing campaign during his first term at United, the fans and critics have now begun questioning whether or not he is the right man for the job.
To prove critics wrong, Van Gaal decided to derivate away from Ferguson’s development philosophy. During the summer 2015 transfer window, Van Gaal was able to write his wrongs by acquiring big name players such as Memphis Depay, Regan Poole, Sergio Romero, Morgan Schneiderlin, the German World Cup winner and German Giant Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the wonder phenomenon Anthony Martial.
The beginning of the 2015-2016 Premier League looked incredibly positive with classic United play and big rival wins. However, the past few weeks of losses and draws have begun to question if Van Gaal can bring home any silverware for his team. Van Gaal insist that he has already proved the booing supporters wrong but with Manchester United currently placed fourth in the table below Leicester City, Arsenal, and city rivals and top of the table Manchester City, it seems like this dream is unlikely.
Only time can tell how well Van Gaal will perform. With the January window open up in a couple of months and big name matches, Manchester United will have to rely on its drive and team chemistry rather than the Dutch manager if they want to compete within the future.