Once he’s finally announced as David Moyes’ replacement, Louis Van Gaal will keep players at Manchester United on a very tight leash, according to Dutch football expert Marcel Van der Kraan.
Van Gaal should be formally unveiled as United’s new manager this week but his reputation for demanding total control over his players and for being strict and hardworking almost to the point of being obsessed have preceded him to Britain and might spell news for some of the players who have been stealing a living at the club.
Louis Van Gaal might not yet have been officially appointed as David Moyes’ successor, but the 62-year-old manager dropped his biggest hint yet as to who he’d like to see wearing the armband next season.
Wayne Rooney was widely expected to replace Nemanja Vidic as captain next season, particularly after Moyes described him as the perfect man to lead the team – and to trouser £300,000-a-week – but it seems as Van Gaal has other ideas and could instal Robin Van Persie as his on-pitch lieutenant.
Manchester United must again make Old Trafford a place feared by other teams if they’re to return to winning ways next season, according to Juan Mata. United number 8 claimed that the home form this season played a major role in the dismal campaign endured by the club which culminated in United missing out on European football for the first time since 1990.
United lost seven games at Old Trafford this season, their worst return on home turf since they lost the same number of games in the 1973-74 season, as Manchester City and Liverpool thrashed the Reds 3-0 while Everton picked up their first win at Old Trafford in over 20 years and Newcastle and West Brom clinched three points in United’s backyard for the first time since 1972 and 1978 respectively.
Louis Van Gaal might not have been officially appointed as Manchester United’s new manager yet, in fact he probably won’t be officially announced until Sunday, but the Holland manager has reportedly already handed Ed Woodward three lists of desired players, with players in the A list the hardest to get but also the one the Dutchman is likely to pursuit first.
It’s a pragmatic and rather radical change from the shambles that unfolded 12 months ago, when United only had two lists: one including just about every Barcelona midfielder, the other including anybody who played for Everton.
With Ed Woodward still pulling the strings of his very own show, it’s hard to fathom United securing all their A-list targets this summer, but even two from a list containing Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller among the others would go a long way in giving the squad a huge lift on and off the pitch.
The Guardian today reported that each list contains around five names, so who’s likely to be on Van Gaal’s A-list?
This summer, so we’re being told, will be one of the most important in Manchester United’s recent history, with a new manager and a major overhaul required to ensure United return to the upper echelon of English football. Last summer it wasn’t much a case of United fluffing their lines in catastrophic fashion as of them completing forgetting the plot of the play that had them as main characters, as the sheer ineptitude of Ed Woodward combined with David Moyes’ inadequacy ensured United’s only signing was Marouane Fellaini.
This season the emphasis will obviously be on the arrivals, with Louis Van Gaal – or whoever will replace Ryan Giggs – likely to be trusted with a budget that, according to which newspaper is your favourite read, will vary from £100m to twice that amount. However, while a couple of world class signings would be more than welcome, United’s priority should be to shift those players who are either no longer of any use or have never served any purpose whatsoever.
Ryan Giggs is set to become Louis Van Gaal’s assistant manager at Manchester United after he was offered the job when he met the Dutchman in Noordwijk yesterday, during a three-hour meeting in which could prove crucial as far as United’s future is concerned.
Van Gaal could be announced today as Manchester United’s new manager, putting an end to weeks of speculations and allowing the club to finally put a solid strategy in place ahead of next season given the sizeable job that lies ahead this summer, when United will have to recruit at least four world class players if they’re to mount a serious challenge next season.
Nemanja Vidic has revealed just how hard his final season at Manchester United was, with players under constant scrutiny and arguing with each other, as the team that had lifted the Premier League in May 2013 all of a sudden lost its way and found itself trapped in a downward spiral which only ended with the last game of the season last Sunday.
The 1-1 draw at Southampton was Vidic’s last ever game for the club and, as he prepares to head over to Inter Milan for a new chapter in his career, Vidic has lift the lid on what life has been like at Old Trafford for the last 10 months, as under David Moyes the club plummeted into previously unseen troubles.
In a plot almost reminiscent of that rather poor movie, ‘Freaky Friday’, the season which we’ve just rejoiced at seeing the back of has seen a switch in fortunes for ourselves and Liverpool.
It was unthinkable at the end of the 2012/13 campaign that a year on we would find ourselves languishing in seventh place, whilst our fiercest rivals would be experiencing the heady heights of the top end of the Premier League.