So Man Utd tried to replace the living legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson.
David Moyes was heralded as the chosen one, well he did work wonders with Everton and on a much smaller budget, so why would he not be given an opportunity? Why would he not succeed.
Doomed from the start..
He was doomed from the start as chief executive Ed Woodward failed to land several top targets.
Instead the former Everton boss was forced into raiding Goodison Park for Marouane Fellaini(£27m) on transfer deadline day after previously targeting world-class stars such as Gareth Bale, Arturo Vidal and Edinson Cavani.
He did then go onto sign Juan Mata(£37m) from Chelsea in January 2014.
Slowly his players started turning against him, not enjoying his style of play. Heightened with Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie making less than complimentary comments about his management style, while Javier Hernandez and Wilfried Zaha posted cryptic quotes on Twitter.
March, some supporters chartered a plane to fly overhead during their Premier League game against Aston Villa trailing a banner with the words “Wrong One – Moyes Out”, a reference to the banner at Old Trafford that proclaimed Moyes to be the “Chosen One”.
van Gaal the man to change it all…? Surely…?
Manchester United then very publicly decided they wanted him out. They knew that they had a lot of money to spend the following summer, but wasn’t sure Moyes was the man to help turn it around.
Then Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone and Paris St-Germain’s Laurent Blanc were all mentioned as possible successors for the role.
However, Klopp has ruled himself out of the job, the 46-year-old telling The Guardian: “Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.”
Michael Owen commented on Twitter; “Evidently they didn’t have the confidence in him in which case makes the timing absolutely right. Now the big question is who’s next?”
After making the decision to release Moyes from his role they appointed Luis Van Gaal. He was tasked with the enormous role of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson and also getting them back to the top….
Luis Van Gaal has spent a massive £261m.
Buying; Angel di Maria(£60m), Luke Shaw(£30m), Ander Herrera (£29m), Marcos Rojo(£16m), Daley Blind(£14m), Radamel Falcao(£6m loan fee), Victor Valdes(Free), Anthony Martial(£36m), Morgan Schneiderlin(£25m), Memphis Depay(£25m), Matteo Darmian(£14.4m), Bastian Schweinsteiger(£6.3m)
But, it all went wrong….Van Gaal’s style of football is nothing short of boring and his flair players are struggling to score goals.
Van Gaal’s so-called ‘philosophy’ has seen his side play the most backward and sideways passes in the Premier League so far this season. His side also take the most amount of passes to get a shot in on goal.
Utd’s love affair with Mourinho..
This is not the Manchester United style so many people had been brought up watching…something had to be done.
Everyone knew again that the manager had to be replaced….the question was when…and who?
This wasn’t helped with the love affair of Jose Mourinho. Whilst there is a split on whether he’ll he a success there was a lot of vocal support for him.
This would make it almost impossible for van Gaal to have kept his place and awful conditions to work in.
The modern era is different to days when Fergie would have made a mistake. With social media everyone is a critic, whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion we now have many forums to discuss them with the world.
Will the style of football return?
Mourinho knows how to win, he’s a born winner. Working with top coaches including van Gaal at Barcelona. He has a fine blend of techniques to work with.
An article you may wish to read:
The fans at Man United demand entertaining football and I’m sure Mourinho will come and try and give it,” said former midfielder Paul Scholes.
I’m convinced he’ll be a success, i don’t think he’ll stay as long as many would hope. The media will have a field day as i’m sure everything he says and does will be analysed.
But wow….the banter with him and Pep Guardiola again will be fun.
Two big Egos at Manchester…..who will last?