The Dutch coach showed some qualities at Bayern Munich which Manchester United urgently need at the moment.
If a team like Manchester United is looking for a new coach, then this naturally brings a lot of speculation. Several names have already been mentioned but the current favourite for this position seems to be Louis van Gaal. If United really can get him, then they would have exactly the right man for this job.
The situation for the Red Devils right now is comparable when van Gaal started at Bayern back in 2009. Before then Klinsmann was their coach and they played their worst season for a long time under him.
The team lacked a real identity and lost important matches in very disappointing ways, like 0-4 against Barcelona or 1-5 against Wolfsburg. After Klinsmann’s dismissal the temporary coach Heynckes still managed to qualify for the Champions League, but it was obvious that Bayern needed a major transition – just like Manchester United right now.
Van Gaal was placed in charge of the project and during his first year he took some very important decisions from which Bayern still benefit nowadays. He insisted on signing Arjen Robben from Real Madrid, and promoted the youth players Müller, Alaba and Badstuber to the first team. Apart from that he also introduced the 4-2-3-1 system which the team is still playing under Guardiola.
Van Gaal’s important role for Bayern’s current success can’t be overestimated. The team of the Champions League holders can be compared to a beautiful house – van Gaal was the architect, Heynckes the constructor and Guardiola is now the caretaker.
The Dutch coach showed during his time at Bayern that he was able to transform a non-functioning team with insecure players to a successful working unit, combining young and hungry talents with new high quality signings. This is exactly what Manchester United needs at the moment.
Of course it shouldn’t be concealed that van Gaal’s glory at Bayern only lasted one year in which they almost won the treble and were only stopped by Mourinho’s team Inter Milan in the Champions League final. The following year the Dutch coach revealed his conflictive character and had some problems with players like Ribery and Kroos and - even more important - with Uli Hoeness. After a series of disappointing results in the second half of that Bundesliga season he finally got sacked.
But by then Bayern’s transition was already successful and the following coaches Heynckes and Guardiola simply continued van Gaal’s excellent work without the conflictive elements.
However, the national coach of the Netherlands seems to have improved his attitude as no interpersonal problems have been reported from his current job. Therefore it always gets harder to find any reasons why Manchester United shouldn’t think about putting Louis van Gaal in charge of their team.