The three year marriage between Dutchman Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United could not stand the test of time as the club decided to end the affair.
Van Gaal was hired two years ago to steer United to greater heights, again following disappointing feat since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. United have struggled to hit top four since 2013 until 2014/2015 season when Van Gaal took over as manager.
It is clear that the Red devils are unsatisfied and want more than the Dutchman could offer despite lifting a silverware (FA Cup) to end the season. Van Gaal led the club to a 5th place finish on the log failing to hit champions league spot with goals separating the side from their city rivals, Manchester City.
The club announced on Monday through its Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, “I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries), the statement read.
”He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future,”
Clubs like Manchester United have had a feel of glory in the past, and would love to keep their status. The shoes left behind by Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be too big for managers who have tried. United does not need a manager who would come ‘try’! Result, aggressive football which Van Gaal termed ‘horny’ is the desire, but the dutchman has also not been able to deliver.
”I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success Van Gaal mentioned in his official statement after his sack.
In coming days as revealed by Manchester United, the new manager would be announced. The most touted name for the role is former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho who has been out of work since his departure from Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United is a club with values and certain philosophy. Discipline at its highest. If Mourinho is good enough is not the question, but will his style and attitude which some have termed as arrogance suit United? Can the board condone his pomposity and allow him deliver?
The Portuguese can breath fresh confidence in the heart of United players and cause them to play their hearts out. With Mourinho on the bench, you just have to be at your best. There is no room for mediocrity and lackluster performance, else the theater of dreams would become that of drama.