If Louis van Gaal is officially appointed as Manchester United manager after the World Cup then his reported intentions could strike fear into the heart of the club’s players and fans.
The Daily Mail has suggested in a report that the Dutchman is planning a big overhaul of players at Old Trafford, which could see some very talented individuals walking away from Old Trafford.
“For a number of the squad, Tuesday’s match against Hull City will be their last appearance at Old Trafford. For others, that moment has already passed. Hours later, Louis van Gaal is set to be confirmed as manager and life will never be quite the same again,” writes Chris Wheeler.
Some United fans will be wary of mass change ahead of arguably their most important season next year as they fight to get back to the top of domestic and European football.
Others will suggest it’s exactly what the current side needs considering the disappointing campaign United have just endured and the potential of the players who could come in.
On thing is for certain, van Gaal won’t be afraid to pull the trigger regardless of a player’s situation or calibre.
There are certain players in the United squad who are surely safe in their respective positions, so the changes should be confined to the fringe players that van Gaal simply may not consider good enough for his United side.
The spine of the side should stay the same with the likes of David De Gea, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie among those who should be safe from van Gaal’s axe.
However, there are several players who could realistically see their United careers brought to an abrupt end; Alexander Buttner, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Nani and Javier Hernandez a few examples.
Van Gaal may be hampered in terms of the players he’s looking to sign because of United’s lack of European football next season.
Therefore, he has to be careful he doesn’t come in, rock the boat and start creating divisions in the first team squad if he’s not going to be able to rectify big actions as soon as he walks through the door at Old Trafford.