Since Louis Van Gaal’s reign has begun, Manchester United has arguably seen better days as compared to David Moyes’ short duration at the club. United finished 7th in the 2013-14 league with a meagre 64 points, 22 points behind the crowned champions for 2014: Manchester City. Moyes’ reign was shortly discontinued after such a sub-par performance, especially after being pegged as the next Sir Alex Ferguson who was instrumental in building the club to its current stature for the last quarter of a century. The recently appointed manager, Van Gaal, seems to have a keen interest in the transfer window and certainly looks eager to splurge a bit when it comes to quickly seizing an opportunity on any good quality player having purchased Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and the likes of those.
This is contrary to the generic philosophy, as perceived, of Sir Alex since it looked like Sir Alex played a strong emphasis on the club’s Youth Academy and the young talent developed therein as compared to spending the money that the owner late Mr. Malcolm Glazer fuelled in. Despite the shopping spree that Van Gaal subscribes to, the Dutch manager seems measured in his approach at managing the club and certainly looks to revamp their tactics and strategy in his tenure. With Sir Alex’s blessings, Van Gaal began his governance in 2014 and has produced many a great victory hitherto. United still has a good 12 games left to play in the current English Premier League which gives Van Gaal a good scope to surpass Arsenal, which is currently only one point above United in the league standings.
Regardless of the top three positions at EPL, Van Gaal also needs to ensure that the club qualifies for the globally renowned UEFA Champions League, which the club failed to be a part of for the year 2015, and a position in the top four at the end of EPL will warrant that qualification. United currently lags their formidable and strategic defense and Van Gaal, having realized this post the latest defeat against Swansea City, needs to capitalize on it.Publisher: Fadiyah Sameh