The pressures of being a professional football manager is already sky high – now imagine trying to follow in Sir Alex Ferguson’s footsteps! Today the Fan Park has a look at Manchester United’s current situation, as well as David Moyes’ short spell, and we discuss how the board have perhaps shown the Dutchman leniency.
No Patience With Moyes
Ferguson himself suggested to Man United’s board that fellow Scot David Moyes should succeed his legacy, saying that he was the perfect man for the job. When Moyes joined the Red Devils, there was transfer talk involving Cesc Fábregas, Thiago Alcântara, Leighton Banes and Herrera. However, none of these players were signed – much to the disappointment of United's fans.
He did manage one signing, Marouane Fellaini, who he managed at Merseyside club Everton.
The fans were calling for Moyes’ head after a run of poor performances, and it wasn’t long before the coach was shown the door, in April 2014. Maybe his reputation wasn’t big enough?
Who would be brave enough to pick up the pieces?
Louis Van Gaal
The Dutchman was named head-coach in May 2014, much to the delight of Manchester United's fans – especially after his impressive World Cup campaign with the Netherlands.
Van Gaal promised to bring in new signings and he delivered. He brought in the likes of Radamel Falcao, Luke Shaw, Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind. He had the fans' mouths watering after spending what was necessary to bring success back to United.
However, even with these stars added to the team, United have still not hit the heights expected of them. In fact, Van Gaal’s record with these players at his disposal is almost identical to David Moyes’ record last season. Yes, he brought in players with proven ability, but has Van Gaal still got his job because of his name and history of managing top clubs?
Do you believe that Van Gaal has been shown too much leniency or will he get Manchester United back to the top? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.