Whatever Van Gaal does in January, the goal from United’s hierarchy is the same: top four. But, from the perspective of United supporters, the club should be challenging for the title come May as well as playing a United-esque brand of soccer. Will the Dutchman change his yawn-inducing ways and risk dropping points? Or will his trite style suddenly explode into excitement, as it did towards the end of last season?
Van Gaal would certainly respond with “it’s a process.”