Manchester United, Then and Now

By on October 24, 2014

After what was probably the worst outing of the Red Devils in living memory, the management and fans alike had had enough. It was bad enough that they finished three places short of a Champions League spot but having spilled off almost all the record feats that the club attained during the Fergusson era, it was obvious that David Moyes had to go. Even Sir Alex who recommended the former Everton boss could not save him from the axe at that point.

With a couple of games remaining in that calamitous season, Mr Moyes was asked to leave with long serving club legend Ryan Giggs charged with the responsibility of seeing the club through the last few games. As of then, the question remained if the club could get a top managerial candidate to interview with them, but it didn’t take Ed Woodward a long period before securing the services of former Bayern Munich manager, Louis van Gaal who was as of then still in charge of the Dutch national team.

On the back of his World Cup bronze medal, Louis van Gaal’s pedigree was enormously bolstered and in fact every statement he made became law. It was on the first visit to the Carrington grounds that he began to make capital changes but with the level of expertise he exudes, none dared to question him.

While at the World Cup, the Dutchman gave his consent to the signing of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw both of whom were penned down by van Gaal’s immediate predecessor and as soon as he took charge, began to make plans to lure in players who could fit into his philosophy. He has since acquired the services of three other players and secured one more on temporary basis all amounting to about £150m. it is still too early to make a comparison of Moyes’s single year and Louis van Gaal’s tenure but we know that with about half of what the current manager expended, Moyes was able to manage a 7th place finish.

It is just a matter of time before the weight of Louis van Gaal’s ability is assessed and when that time comes, the fans can only hope that it will be in a Champions League game.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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