After parting ways with Moyes, Manchester United have appointed Louis van Gaal as their permanent manager for the next season and the Dutchman’s confirmation has given some hope to most of the Red Devils’ fans.
Ferguson to Moyes : From Renaissance to Dark Ages
After enjoying unprecedented success under their former manager Sir Alex Ferguson over 20 years, United have become a mediocre team in less than a year’s time after the great elder of Old Trafford stepped down from his position.
Ferguson stepped down after the end of 2012-13 season and appointed the former Everton manager David Moyes as a successor at the helm of Old Trafford. The 51-year-old Scot was handed a side, which won the Premier League title comfortably in April 2013.
However, things did not go as planned for both United and Moyes. The players lacked the winning mentality, while the Scot failed to win the dressing room at Old Trafford. The off-field incidents had its impact on the pitch.
United lost games early in the season and as the season progressed, their credentials to challenge the title became slim. Further ahead in the season, once their title chances were vanished, their hope of finishing the season in top four were questioned and in April, it also brought an end to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Meanwhile, Moyes saw United crash out of the FA Cup in the third round after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City at Old Trafford. Their home ground was soon turning into “Theater of Nightmares.”
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Van Gaal can bring back the good old days
In April, United ended their relationship with Moyes and showed him the exit door. Van Gaal will replace the former Everton manager next season and United fans have already started celebrating after the Dutchman’s appointment. He will join United after completing the Netherlands campaign in the summer World Cup.
Why Van Gaal’s appointment is good for the Red Devils?
When the players were playing under Ferguson, an error or mistake would have seen them take a lot of criticism from the former players, pundits and mainly the fans. Cause one cannot blame the former United boss or hold him responsible, even if he was to be blamed.
However, under Moyes, every mistake made by the player on and off the field saw the Glaswegian take a lot of criticism, mainly from the media, United fans and football pundits. However, the players were given an escape route, unless they were Ashley Young or Tom Cleverley.
Under Van Gaal, the players will see the fear re-instigated as they would be vary of the threat possessed by the Dutch manager. He is a no nonsense guy and would not tolerate any errors, for which he would take any slack from the part of the club fans or from the British media.
Van Gaal is not immune as Ferguson, but he is smart enough not to allow the situation to get to him like Moyes. He has already won accolades at Ajax, Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich during his time and also won the European cup with Ajax.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager knows how to get his players to play for him and adapt to his philosophy. He will not tolerate any tantrums from any player and will give no room for player power to dominate the dressing room, something which Ferguson made sure he never lost the respect of his own players.
With mentality and winning the dressing room, he will get players to play for him and he is brave enough to promote the young talent. In addition to this,the signings he will make in the summer transfer window will see the existing players fight for their United career.
Van Gaal’s authoritative style of managing a club will see him even bench a top player for a big game, should the player start throwing tantrums. And by taking such bold decisions, he is capable of getting the result out of the team.
He will bring discipline back into the team. One cannot rule out the fact that Moyes never got discipline, but he never won the respect of United players, thus not getting them to play for him.
By the looks of it and with Van Gaal’s impressive managerial track record, one can say that the appointment of the Dutchman as United’s new manager will see them rise once again to the top, cause United have long been known for comebacks and they are prone to do it in style.