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Louis Van Gaal Should Walk Away

With reports emerging that Louis Van Gaal is preparing to walk away from Manchester United, United fans across the globe can only hope the reports are true.

Louis Van Gaal has sucked the life out of Old Trafford.

Gone are the days of Ryan Giggs flying down the wing setting up Eric Cantona or Dwight Yorke to score a screamer at Old Trafford as they brush aside yet another team at Old Trafford. We as United fans have to come to terms with the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson is gone, and possibly the old Manchester United way is gone too.

Teams used to fear coming to Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney spoke of players tensing up in the tunnel as the United players emerged from their dressing room and lined up beside them ready to do battle. Rooney and his teammates had the match won right there. Nowadays teams come to Old Trafford knowing they have a great chance of all three points never mind a draw. This is the first thing that needs to change.

Old Trafford needs to be a fortress again.

Passion was always a word you would associate with Manchester United. It started from the manager – then to the pitch.

Players like Roy Keane, Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville… I could go on and on. They all gave 100% for the cause. Young players coming into the club looked up to them and were in some sense scared of them. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t long changing for the better once he realised that the likes of Roy Keane and Gary Neveille wouldn’t stand for any nonsense and any negativity that was brought to the club on his part.

A wave goodbye from Louis van Gaal?
A wave goodbye from Louis van Gaal?

If Roy Keane was there when Memphis Depay strolled into training in his flashy Rolls Royce convertible he would be having a word.

There are no leaders at the club. There are no signs of leadership coming from the dugout. When things are going wrong on the pitch the players hide. Rooney as captain looks busy running into the ground chasing the ball while not really affecting the game.

It’s all well and good shouting in the dressing room at Anfield just because it’s Liverpool, but as on many occasions over the last two seasons, had it not been for David De Gea United would have lost that game and many more.

The biggest problem I have with the Louis van Gaal regime is his stubbornness in his refusal to put down the folder he constantly writes in during a match and get up and earn his money on the touchline.

I grew up in an era when Alex Ferguson barked orders at the players from the touchline and motivated his team. If the game is not going your way and you look to the manager for guidance and he is jotting down constantly in his notebook, how can that fill you with confidence that you can with that game?

Gary Neville often spoke of his fear of Fergie on the touchline if they were losing as at right back he would be closest to him during the game, for one half at least. If the manager is hiding in his seat, we can understand the players hiding on the pitch.

It doesn’t help that when we look down the road at Liverpool they have the biggest motivator in football.

Louis van Gaal leaves the pitch at the half time during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford
Louis van Gaal leaves the pitch at the half time during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford

Jurgen Klopp kicks every ball and his celebrations at Norwich on Saturday were incredible. I realise it was a last minute winner in injury time in a great game but I cannot imagine Louis van Gaal doing likewise in similar circumstances.

He would simply make a note of it. United fans might not wish to applaud Klopp, but if we are honest with ourselves most of us would love him in charge of our club if only for his passion alone.

Louis van Gaal’s latest comments that he has failed to live up to the standards of Manchester United are perhaps an admittance of defeat. He looks a broken man with little idea in how to get out of this mess. He had intended to retire after the World Cup in 2014.

The lure of Manchester united proved too tempting and his belief that he could turn things around in three months are laughable now. United are worse off now than under David Moyes. With over £300 million spent since Sir Alex left, our best player is still De Gea – a Fergie signing.

With Holland having a remarkable World Cup, I wonder if Louis van Gaal wishes he had retired to his Portugal paradise in the summer of 2014 with his head held high.

However, the fact remains that he is on borrowed time.  He cannot be here next season. For his own sake, and for the chance to retire with some dignity, he should walk away.

He will not want to end an incredible managerial career with the sack.

United also cannot give the man another £2oo million in the summer if he is in the final year of his contract. The United board need to act now. Whether it’s Giggs, Mourinho, Simeone or whoever, United need to get passion and attacking football back at Old Trafford and make Old Trafford a fortress once again.

Only then can we move out of this bleak period in our history.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.