Exciting times are ahead at Manchester United. After suffering their worst season in recent memory, there is quiet optimism among the club and fans that a return to normalcy, and winning trophies, is close. While the sacking of David Moyes may have caused this new wave of optimism, the announcement of Louis Van Gaal as the new manager has really carried it.
With an experienced Dutch manager who has found success across Europe on a three-year deal at Old Trafford, not only is the expectation to return to the top of English football but to stay their whilst adding to a vast collection of trophies at the club. Even Van Gaal himself has added to the expectation by claiming he can make history at United.
But can the new man deliver success? Here are 5 reasons he can:
With a team that is going through a rare rough patch after dominating in England and Europe for many years, who better to repair the giant that is Manchester United? Over his extensive managerial career, Van Gaal has found success in Holland, Spain, and Germany. In each of his stints in these countries, Van Gaal has won the league as well as cups at Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern respectively. The Dutchman can also count the Champions League in 1995 among his successes.
Coming off an appointment last year where United elected to throw a manager inexperienced in Europe into the fire, which by all accounts failed greatly, a proven winner with an impressive pedigree is a smart choice.
At the beginning of the 2013/14 season, numerous reports came out that the players did not respect or want to work hard for David Moyes. This was not an isolated case, as these reports became an ongoing problem, popping up not once or twice but multiple times. Whether these reports were true or not, it became obvious that the manager was not getting the best out of his players. David Moyes did not have the commanding figure that Sir Alex had.
Van Gaal will not have this problem. With a reputation for taking no nonsense, you can expect Van Gaal will whip the players back into shape, similar to the way Ferguson did. Some players may respond positively to this attitude, and some may not, but overall, a commanding figure usually gets the best of the players.