Louis van Gaal: The Man to Rebuild Manchester United
The chosen one has finally been shown the Old Trafford exit door after the most disastrous season in living memory. But, now we must switch our attention to the future, forget the nightmare that has been and look ahead to what could be.
A number of manager’s names continue to crop up around the world, namely Jurgen Klopp of Dortmund but with his love of the Yellow shirt so strong and a recently penned contract it seems little more than pipe dream.
One name that is being voiced loudly is that of Louis van Gaal, the current Holland manager. Currently the bookmakers favourite it’s hard to see where else the United board could look to find someone else of his charisma and caliber.
Yes, he may not be the hipster’s favourite like Klopp but van Gaal’s philosophy, tactical guile and attacking flair make him the ideal candidate for Manchester United.
The 62-year-old has managed the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Ajax and won many honors with all three. Known for his no nonsense style of management, he would be the perfect candidate to take over from a less than inspiring Moyes.
Stories banded across the Twittersphere include van Gaal dropping his trousers in the Bayern changing room to show he had ‘bigger balls than anyone else’ and pushing a 14-year-old Pique to the floor at Barcelona to prove how he was too weak. Now how much truth are in these I am not sure but it does give you a sense of the maverick that could take over.
Some may liken him to Mourinho with his arrogant nature and fearsome temperament, in fact the Chelsea manager studied under van Gaal and attributes much of his style to the Dutchman, but outside of the Dutchman’s charismatic personality and passionate style of management what could we expect from his playing style and tactics?
Here you can see his explosive personality in full flow:
From the get go you have to realise that van Gaal is all about the team ethic and believes that no individual is stronger than the unit or the philosophy that surrounds his side. His main concern is the team’s philosophy and the personnel are secondary.
He likes to employ the 4-3-3 formation, as he has used it at almost every club he has managed, and he puts heavy emphasis on playing free flowing attacking football, winning trophies and developing players through the youth academy.
Favouring the vertical pass rather than the horizontal could put a number of United midfielder’s under pressure, especially the likes of Tom Cleverley. Whereas players such as Shinji Kagawa who have the ability to pass in between the lines will excite Van Gaal no end.
The following gives a glimpse into what makes van Gaal tick and his philosophy around football.
This philosophy would drag Manchester United into the 21st century. Where in the past they have been shackled by a very British staunchness, this Dutch speed of attack and ability to be comfortable on the ball with maximum penetration from the midfield should excite Reds all over the world.
The fact too that van Gall places such a heavy importance on the academy’s of each club he has managed makes him and incredibly desirable asset to Manchester United, a team who have this ethos running deep throughout the foundations of the club.
He has done it in the past too, notably at Bayern Munich – when he developed Thomas Muller and David Alaba, and at Barcelona where he promoted Xavi and Puyol. So players like James Wilson and Nick Powell should be rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of van Gaal taking the reigns.
Another positive would be his relationship with Robin van Persie, the two have worked together for the national team and van Gaal always seems to get the best out of the 30-year-old, something that has been so clearly missing from United this year.
But I’m not going to bore you and go into some detailed over analysis of every team van Gaal has managed but if you should you want to learn more, look no further than here.
Overall, the fact that a disciplinarian of such reputation, a man who is not afraid to overhaul a squad and get rid of the dead wood and a man who will give youth players the best chance to play surely, surely make Louis van Gaal the ideal target for Manchester United.