This morning, newspapers and the internet were awash with reports linking Louis van Gaal with Manchester United.
The current Holland coach was previously tipped to replace Tim Sherwood at Tottenham Hotspur this summer. But it is now being claimed United representatives have held talks with van Gaal, with some claiming the Dutchman is being lined-up to take over from current manager David Moyes.
It is fair to say Moyes has endured rather than enjoyed his first season in charge at Old Trafford, and yet his side still has the best away record in the division, and they held their own for large portions of both quarter-final legs against Bayern Munich.
And yet the reports are out there now, with the shadow of the vastly-experienced van Gaal seemingly looming over a manager who was always going to need time to transform a side lacking sufficient quality in core areas to compete both domestically and abroad.
But regardless of his experience and apparent availability following the World Cup, van Gaal is not the answer to United’s current problems. In fact he is the complete opposite of that.
Much has been made of van Gaal’s relationship with Robin van Persie; but aside from the Champions League second-leg against Olympiakos when the former Arsenal man netted a hat-trick, he has not looked anything like the player who fired United to league glory last season.
In fact, he has often slowed down United’s play and his place in the team means the likes of Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa are forced to play in unnatural positions if at all.
United showed in a recent match against Newcastle United that Kagawa, Mata and Adnan Januzaj can all play (devastatingly) in the same side because they all have the ability to interchange.
But just as they are beginning to build up a relationship that could see them tear the vast majority of opponents apart, van Gaal’s arrival is likely to end that before it has even begun.
Van Persie would surely start under his national coach, leaving Rooney to play in behind with Mata shunted back to the wing and Kagawa likely heading back to the bench and possibly out of the club altogether.
Van Gaal’s appointment would also be a relatively short-term solution. At 62, someone would need to replace him sooner rather than later, leaving United in a similar if not identical position to the one they faced when replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
United have now reportedly distanced themselves from the stories, claiming they are surprised by them and that no such meeting took place. But regardless, the rumours have put extra pressure on a man who needs time to get the job done.
With Moyes in place, it is time to give him a chance; because with a quality central midfield and a couple of new defenders United will be challenging again.
Yes he has made mistakes during his brief spell at United, but the biggest mistake would be in replacing him so soon, when he has already shown glimpses of the team he is trying to build.