Louis Van Gaal’s first season at Manchester United has had its highs and lows but the Dutchman is undeniably earning himself a spot in the hearts of a lot of United fans.
Following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal, the Dutchman stopped outside Old Trafford to sign autographs before joining with chants of “Louis Van Gaal’s Red Army.
Who wouldn’t want this arrogant, genius and lunatic of a man in charge of their football club?
Manchester United’s already slender hopes of finishing third are all but gone after Arsenal secured a late equaliser at Old Trafford on Sunday, meaning they’ll need one from their next two games to clinch third place.
United looked to have the game under control for an hour before allowing Arsenal back into the contest and will now have to settle for the Champions League playoffs.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.
Angel Di Maria has revealed he has been frustrated by his own performances this season, adding that he is capable of offering much more to the club than he has so far.
Arrived from Real Madrid for a club-record fee of £59.7m, the Argentine hit the ground running earlier in the season but has since been a shadow of his former self, hampered by a number of injuries while rumours linking him with a move away from United have increased.
Louis Van Gaal has been handed £150m to spend on players this summer, as the United manager looks to continue the overhaul of his squad.
The former Holland manager spent £150m in his first summer at United on the likes of Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera but his team remain short of quality in key areas of the pitch and short of depth in others.
Manchester United will allow David De Gea to join Real Madrid this summer, after privately accepting that there’s little they can do to convince the Spaniard to sign a new deal.
According to the Telegraph, Louis Van Gaal’s admission that the club had started planning for life after the Spaniard was not intended to force De Gea into signing a new deal but highlighted that United have almost given up of retaining his services.
The end of an era. A true legend will no longer grace us with his presence. The corridors of life will feel a little more hollow each week as he slowly becomes a faded memory. A truly spectacular send off for an inspiration to us all. The world is going to miss BB King.
The giants of Crystal Palace did everything they could to honour the late great King yesterday by spoiling the party for a man who has never really appreciated music.
Ed Woodward has insisted Louis Van Gaal will have a squad capable of challenging on every front next season.
United have ensured a top four finish in the Dutchman’s first season at the club and have already secured the signing of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay but Woodward was adamant the club will continue to spend in the summer.
Paul Scholes doesn’t believe Manchester United will win challenge for the Premier League title next season, despite having all but ensured a return to Champions League football in Louis Van Gaal’s first season.
Having secured the signing of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, United are expected to spend big again in the summer, but Scholes believes they should focus on cementing a place in the top four as the title might be a step too far next season.