Red Devils United for next season
You hear the phrase ‘transition period’ spoke of a lot in football lately, and Manchester United are a team that are certainly in that period.
While many managers create an immediate impact, it is often for teams which are in the lower part of the league and are short on confidence, and sometimes temporary morale boosts will provide the team with what they need to survive.
And while top teams can also suffer drops in confidence too, continuity is a must, whereas other teams in transition, like the ones that may be fighting the drop, only intend to survive initially, and if continuity does not occur, that manager will likely be relieved of their duties, based on evidence of recent managerial departures in the Premier League.
With Man United having to fight hard for a top four finish, there is no need on changing the manager who has flattered to deceive so far in terms of performances and with the signings he has made, due to the fact that the top four will surely have been the target set at the start of the season.
Louis Van Gaal spent over £150m in the summer and key signings Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao have struggled to impress at Old Trafford.
Falcao is only there on loan, though, and with Di Maria aside, Van Gaal will be trusted with another large budget next summer according to The Telegraph, with audacious moves for leading European players such as Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Roma’s Kevin Strootman and Edinson Cavani of PSG.
The Telegraph also states that up to four major signings could be made by Van Gaal, with up to 10 players leaving the club.
By then Van Gaal would have had a full season to have given his side a complete overview on what is necessary to make them title challengers again.
United fans can actually take a great positive from this season, despite the fact they will have endured another trophyless season; United have been criticised for playing poorly for the majority of the season, yet, they are still in contention for a top four finish, and actually have a great record of winning multiple games without being appealing on the eye or dominating their matches.
Albeit weak at the back and conceding sloppy goals, United actually have a highly respectable respectable under Van Gaal and are the fourth best team in 2015, but have gained enough points to propel them to third in the league.
Ultimately, United have been under performing this season, but the table does not lie and a top four finish should be considered a success for United this season, and with a lot more money which could be spent in the summer, and a much clearer understanding of his squad, Van Gaal should be in a much better position as United could be set to become a major force in both England and Europe once again.
And while United’s transitional period will continue, it is next season that is the pressure one, with a solid marker already set, United fans would hope it is onwards and upwards, and why not? United could really be set for a return to greatness in the near future.