It has been 3 months since Louis Van Gaal took over the reins at Manchester United and his team is still trying to get going on the actual fronts. With three games into the Premier league season United are still to win a game and sit as low as 14th in the table already 7 points behind Chelsea at the top. Although there have not been significant questions on Van Gaal’s approach, the fans are getting impatient with the performances put up by his side.
So is Louis Van Gaal really the right man to take United forward? This is a question which lies on the back of every supporters mind at the moment.
He has been consistently telling the media and the fans that they have to be patient with the results and have to trust his philosophy and the results will come. This is not something which is unusual with Van Gaal and his sides of the past. When he took over Bayern Munich in 2009-10 things were pretty similar as are with United, Van Gaal got off to a poor start as a Bayern coach winning only one of his first four matches, by November the club were on the brink of Champions league exit and Van Gaal was on the verge of being sacked. However, he kept insisting that his team needs to understand his philosophy and they need time to play the way he imagines, pretty similar of what he has been saying lately for Manchester United. He gave debuts to many youth players including the likes of Thomas Müller, Holger Badstuber, and it was Van Gaal who converted Bastian Schweinsteiger from a Winger to a defensive midfielder. That said the success which has achieved with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax and AZ provide enough evidence about the capability of this man.
Will he get the time he needs to build his team?
Manchester United have never been used to such a phase since the start of the premier league era and considering the fact they have huge amount of sponsorship deals, the results need to come a little quicker to pay back the sponsors. Louis Van Gaal might have been a slow starter but the size of the job at Old Trafford is perhaps the biggest he has faced yet in his illustrious career and he needs to quickly instill his philosophy and get the right results. United endured a torturous year in 2013-14 under David Moyes and the belief which took Sir Alex 26 years to build seems to have been shattered in just one season and the if the results don’t come early things might get worse for the new manager.
These are probably the most worrying times the modern Manchester United have ever witnessed, but the general belief among the Old Trafford faithful is that if given the time Louis Van Gaal is the right man to take Manchester United back to where it belongs, the feeling which was nonexistent under David Moyes.