The difference between Van Gaal and Moyes, just from the announcement

Louis Van Gaal

Two coaches, two very different backgrounds, CV's and characters.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson announced the end of his glorious reign at Old Trafford, there have been two managers subsequently installed to take charge and keep the trophies coming into Manchester United.

The first left after 10 months in the form of David Moyes. He did pick up the Community Shield with a win over Wigan Athletic but ultimately it was woeful season for the club and the manager. The side finished seventh, 22 points off Manchester City who lifted the title, and 15 points off the Champions League places.

Many have written that Moyes had the wrong mentality to take on the job at Old Trafford, that he may not have said the right thing at times. Here is what he said as soon as he was announced as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor:

“It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next Manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the Football Club.

“It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next Manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the Football Club.

“I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season."

Already Moyes talks about it being a hard act to follow, which he was quite right to point out but he doesn't talk himself up. Some will have said it was an early sign of the Scot being daunted by the challenge that faced him following his fellow Glaswegian into the United hotseat.  

Van Gaal, on the other hand, embraces the challenge and tries to endear himself to the fans. 

The Dutchman said yesterday: "It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I'm sure we will make history."

It may be a simple case of 'following the man that followed the man' into Old Trafford, but he talks more about wanting to achieve things at the club by 'creating history' rather than talking about the opportunity being too good to turn down or one that doesn't come around too often. 

It might be down to the fact Van Gaal has the pedigree whilst Moyes does not, but the Dutchman evidently relishes the challenge. He's incredibly bullish, whereas Moyes isn't at all.

Maybe that's what will make United's new boss the perfect fit at Old Trafford, whilst his predecessor struggled to get to grips the post. 

 

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