Stick or Sack Van Gaal?

Should Manchester United stick with Louis Van Gaal or should they show him the door. This is the million dollar question. I am a Manchester United fan all my life. Football nowadays is a cut throat business. Fans want instant success and are becoming more and more impatient. When I was growing up I was only accustomed to one man in charge of my favourite team, Sir Alex Ferguson. However in May 2013 Ferguson announced his retirement from management. In came fellow Scotsman David Moyes and in his farewell speech to the fans Sir Alex pleaded with them to be patient with the new manager. He was sacked the following April having signed a six year contract with the Old Trafford club. A lack of experience in winning trophies was one of the main reasons he was shown the door. So in came Dutchman Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014. His aim was to rejuvenate the squad and get them back into the Champions League at the first time of asking. Hundreds of millions of pounds were spent and Manchester United finished fourth in The Premier League which meant qualification to the playoff stage. A win this September over Club Brugge  and Man Utd were back in the big time. This is where the problems start. Through the years United have been known for playing fast attacking football. That has now stagnated under the wily Dutchman and the fans have began to turn on him. There is no doubt he has improved United in some areas but the forwards look short on confidence and have lost their killer instinct. A nil-nil draw at home to West Ham United brought a chorus of boos from the Old Trafford faithful on Saturday. In the David Moyes era the fans tended to stick with the manager and refrain from such negativity towards the team even though results were erratic. There seems to be no connection between the team and the fans and they are beginning to lose patience. All football fans want to be entertained and Man United are lacking that X- Factor player to get bums off seats. United fans look at the effect German Jurgen Klopp has had at Liverpool and they are jealous. In my opinion they will stick with Van Gaal but things will have to improve. That being said, they are only three points off the top of the League and a win on Tuesday night will guarantee qualification to the next stage of the Champions League. Many would say United are still playing with the handbrake up . There is a case of the grass is always greener on the other side bit United fans have been so used to winning during the Ferguson era that finishing fourth is not good enough. Only time will tell what the future holds for Louis and his misfiring reds. That is the joy of being a football supporter. It can be a rollercoaster of emotions but I would not change it for a second.



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