Louis Van Gaal “The Devil Of Manchester”

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | 0

Louis Van Gaal had a somewhat rude awakening this past Saturday August 16th, as his debut in the Premier League turned in to a nightmare. Hosting Swansea City at Old Trafford, the Dutchman’s Red Devils looked lost for the entire game. The end score was 2-1 to the visiting Swans, and the terrible form of last season seemed to have re-appeared. The loss was a stark contrast to the club’s excellent pre-season. 


Though the start to this year’s Premiership Season got off on the wrong foot, Louis Van Gaal still feels that his squad has what it takes to to be great again. United have won 20 league titles during their storied history, and a plethora of medals and cups to boot. Time, says Van Gaal to Sky Sports, is the key:

“Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester and now I am the devil of Manchester,” he said. “It’s the football world and it is especially the media in this football world.  I think the fans of Manchester are intelligent. I’ve already said that it shall be difficult in the first three months, for the players and also for the fans. I’ve said it to Ed Woodward and the Glazers that this is what it is.”

“They have hired me for my philosophy, not because I’m a nice guy. I am a nice guy but that’s not why I was brought here. I’m not hired to be fired. I’m hired to build up a team. That process needs time. I bring another philosophy in the club. You have to believe in the philosophy that again we make a big club but it needs time. It is not an overnight job.”


Manchester United will play away at Sunderland on Sunday August 24th, in a game that they really need to win. Two straight losses this early in the season would be disastrous for the team moral, but would also feed the anti-Van Gaal media headlines. Realistically, Swansea at home, then Sunderland away are winnable games for a team of United’s calibre. Looking further forward, clashes with Manchester City and old Rivals Liverpool will be a daunting thought with Man U’s current form.

Marcos Rojo will certainly help the defensive line, but time is ticking on the transfer window. Angel Di Maria is yet to accept an offer, as is Philipe Mexes. Is Louis Van Gaal about to become the second Manchester United manager fired in as many seasons, or will he snatch some big transfers and put in some solid results?

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