Manchester United

Wednesday wind-up: Louis van Gaal must be worth another year at Manchester United

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has had some horrendous stick from the Red Devils supporting punters here in the Transfer Tavern, but has it really been necessary?

Van Gaal

For me the Dutch manager has been a revelation since arriving at Old Trafford with a brand of football which has been unrivalled.

It might not be free-flowing and always attractive but his ability to take a once great club and completely dismantle its principles must be noted as a great thing.

His ability to spend £50-odd million on a striker and play him on the left-wing for most of the season is admirable.

He has utilised young players from the academy and then proceeded to slate them in the press after a couple of bad games, which can only be good for their future development.

His unbelievable track record in the Champions League was also evident this season and after being drawn in the group of death alongside CSKA Moscow, PSV and Wolfsburg, the Red Devils were knocked out after a measly eight points.

He won’t have to worry too much about the Champions League next season, with van Gaal favouring a consolidation of fifth or sixth place and the Europa League.

And then we get to the weekend. United arrived at White Hart Lane half-an-hour later than they should have done due to the London traffic. Someone should have told the team that they didn’t need to leave 20 minutes from the end of the game too!

Poor old David de Gea in the net was left helpless as Spurs ran riot from the 70th minute onwards, collecting a deserved 3-0 win.

The fans here in the Tavern might be calling for van Gaal’s head but they simply need to wind their necks in and appreciate what a marvellous job the Dutchman is doing.

If he is given another £900 million to spend in the summer he might ensure a more comfortable fifth placed finish, rather than a battle with Stoke City and Southampton!

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