Speculation over LVG’s future has been floating around for months now and the Man Utd fan’s have made no secret of their discontent. His brand of football being questioned week in week out, constant run in’s with the media and failure to qualify for the Champions League meant that LVG’s days were always going to be numbered . It’s been a strange season in many ways with the so called ‘bigger clubs’ failing to turn up, no disrespect but Leicester City are the Champions and Spurs ALMOST finished runners up. Kind of says it all really if you ask me!
I’m not writing this piece to defend Mr Van Gaal. After all, I’m a Gooner and couldn’t care less about the goings on at Old Trafford these days. However, I am writing this piece to condemn the complete lack of respect shown to LVG by his now former employers.
www.sofasportsnews.com broke the news that Jose Mourinho was set to take over this summer back on the 15th February and unless there is a major breakdown in talks the Portuguese will be taking the hot seat at Old Trafford, just like we said he would! 🙂
This was always going to happen, so what am I complaining about?
The timing of the whole thing was nothing short of disastrous. Man Utd won their first major trophy in three seasons on Saturday, celebrations were in full swing and we even heard the famous chant of ‘glory, glory Man Utd’ – everything back to normal. Less than an hour after lifting the FA Cup the news broke. We are used to seeing false stories flying around social media but this was different, this had gathered pace far too quickly to be inaccurate and all the broadcasters were saying it… Jose Mourinho to replace Louis Van Gaal.
Louis Van Gaal’s team this season have been far from brilliant and he has spent an awful lot of money in the past two years. They failed to get out of their champions league group and missed out on qualification for next seasons competition. Their style of play has also been heavily criticised but its not all doom and gloom at Old Trafford.
Under LVG we have seen the emergence of some exciting youngsters, the likes of Rashford, Lingard, Martial (despite the big fee) just to name a few. The way he has stabilised the defence is something that he deserves credit for, they ended the season with the joint best defence in the league and you have to look at the progression of England’s Chris Smalling under the Dutchman.
When any manager takes over a struggling/under-performing team the main priority must be to make them ‘difficult to beat’ – nobody can deny that he’s achieved that. The problem is there hasn’t been much progression in the other departments and so much money has been spent. United fans have been spoilt over the years and want more for their club, does that make Jose Mourinho the right man to take the reigns?
The club have acted unprofessionally and disrespectfully. The press had LVG up against a wall for months and now the directors have stabbed him in the back.
The way it was leaked was a shambles and their delay in making a statement just made matters worse. Surely they could have allowed him to celebrate the FA Cup victory before sticking the knife in.
There is a lot of work to be done at Old Trafford and last season proved Jose is no longer as special as he once was. Huge investment will be necessary and Jose’s appointment could stunt the growth of the youngsters currently at the club.
Will the clubs impatience prevent another potential golden generation coming through? Only time will tell.
We all know Jose is a winner but considering the fans have been up in arms all season about the style of football was he the right choice?