When Louis Van Gaal was appointed manager of Manchester United 2 years ago to replace David Moyes, the fanbase greeted the news with fanfare and jubilation. Here was a manager with a history of winning silverware but as soon as he put in place his philosophy into action, the fans were singing a different tune; LvGOut. You see the fans demand to see attractive football and be entertained not the safe, defensive minded football tactics under Louis Van Gaal.
Yes it’s true his playing style, played a part in his downfall but his signings never lived up to the hype. Morgan Schneiderlin played a shadow of himself when compared of his time at Southampton, Bastian Schweinsteiger I have to admit was decent when he played but was injured too frequently, Memphis was very mediocre. It wasn’t all bad though, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo did a decent job, so did Daley Blind, not great. The best of the lot have to be Anthony Martial who as the season progressed, improved and showcased his potential. Players that he allowed to leave had fans scratching their heads, more specifically Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, a proven goal scorer was allowed to leave. He depended on Wayne Rooney to play as a striker. Rooney is a great player, but he doesn’t have the pace to play up front but he’s still is a decent finisher and his vision is still great. He also allowed Falcao and Robin Van Persie to leave without replacing them. Falcao wasn’t doing much as a striker so that’s not a big miss but while RvP is not the player he once was, he can still do a job. Instead he threw in the fold 18 year old Marcus Rasford and hope for the best, lucky for Van Gaal Rashford seems to be a real talent, but to depend on a 18 year old to score for you are asking for too much, even for a talent like Rashford. Angel Di Maria left also because he was frustrated about Louis Van Gaal playing style. Now he flourishes playing for PSG, somebody of his talent should have been a great asset at Manchester United
While Louis Van Gaal didn’t make it easy for himself, he shouldn’t shoulder the blame for the poor performances, which culminated on missing out on a UEFA Champions League spot. The majority of the blame goes to the board and Ed Woodward, who very well should know or should have known. The playing style that Louis Van Gaal instills into his players and that philosophy doesn’t fall inline with the playing style of Manchester United, hence why he is out of a job. He never fitted the team but he always remained professional, a class act and for that reason I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.