Van Gaal enjoying a final pay day in the sun before stepping down as Manchester United manager
Has Louis van Gaal been an improvement on David Moyes?
Certainly not, with the Dutchman having been given several blank cheques and still failing to assemble a squad capable of qualifying for the Champions League, let alone winning the competition.
Van Gaal obviously arrived at Old Trafford with a strong track record, although it has to be said that he never won the Champions League with Ajax, Barcelona or Bayern Munich during his time with each club.
United were previously keen to install David Moyes on a long-term basis, with Sir Alex Ferguson having identified the Scot as his natural successor after an amazing reign at the club.
However, that policy has now been replaced by a short-term fix which has seen Van Gaal take the reins until Ryan Giggs is ready to kick on into his first full-time management position.
LVG is effectively ready to retire and live in what he calls his “paradise”, with the Dutchman having lost any hunger to achieve things in the game.
Stepping down is on the cards in 2017 where Van Gaal may or may not have left Manchester United in any better shape than they were when he took charge.
LVG has bought into the myth of Wayne Rooney being a top-class forward (he isn’t) and is ultimately in a win-win situation which means he’s either sacked and given a stack of money or he remains in charge and earns that stack of money.
Claims that United could have scored six in a recent clash at St James’ Park are remarkable considering that previous games had seen the Red Devils struggling to score one, including the recent 1-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield United.