How will Louis van Gaal appointment affect the current top six next season?

Jenny Leigh asks what Van Gaal's United appointment means for Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has been confirmed as the next Manchester United manager but what impact will his appointment have on the top teams in the Premier League next season?

Manchester City

As the Red Devils’ Manchester rivals, the appointment of such a well-regarded coach with immense experience at the highest level in football, the Citizens could be in for a bit of a shock next term. Manuel Pellegrini’s side surely won’t find their neighbours so easy to demolish as they were this term under David Moyes and, to compound that, Louis van Gaal’s arrival at Old Trafford will likely mean City will have extra competition in terms of signing top players in the transfer market this summer.

Player who want big money deals can look at the £300,000 per week contract handed to Wayne Rooney, prospective selling clubs will look at the £37 million spent on Juan Mata and, most importantly, players will look at the track record of Van Gaal and consider Old Trafford an attractive club to sign for once again which, for the past year under Moyes, definitely wasn’t the case.


Likewise, Liverpool will likely suffer a tougher season in 2014/15 with the arrival of Van Gaal. The Reds came closer than close to winning that elusive Premier League title but slipped at the last moment and, with it, may have gone their best chance at winning it for a while.

I’m not one of those who thinks they will never get a chance like this season again – I don’t buy that, Brendan Rodgers is a fantastic coach and they have one of the world’s best players in Luis Suarez – but, nonetheless, it cannot be denied that Van Gaal’s arrival will be detrimental to Liverpool in the transfer market and in the Premier League next term.


Jose Mourinho is going to have a bigger fish in his little pond next term – mark my words, Louis van Gaal will not be putting up with any of the Special One’s chin wagging. The Dutch master was practically the one who taught Mourinho everything he knows. Van Gaal’s ego is possibly even bigger than Mourinho’s so it’s going to be fascinating seeing that dynamic unfold next term – for the neutral, at least. Will Mourinho tone it down and pipe down when it comes to his mind games and provocation or will he wind up even more in competition with his old mentor? It promises to be fascinating.


Whilst Liverpool effectively took United’s place in the top four this term, it may be Arsenal (or the Reds as well) who may find it a little harder to get over the line next term. Manchester United will spend a lot of money this summer and if Arsenal don’t do the same the Gunners could find themselves ousted from the Champions League spots by a resurging Red Devils side under Van Gaal. I would expect either Arsenal or Liverpool to fall out the top four next term and be replaced by United so it’ll largely be down to who dares wins and that starts on July 1st when the window opens. On your marks, get ready, set…


I think Everton will find it even harder to fight their way into the top four and I also think the arrival of Van Gaal could see the Red Devils come back around sniffing at players at Goodison Park again – the likes of Ross Barkley, for example – so I think this is definitely a detrimental appointment from at Blues point of view. It’s tough to see where Everton are going to find enough resources and the quality to gain entry to the Champions League, which is a real shame because they came very close and were unlucky in a fantastic debut season on Merseyside for Roberto Martinez.


Tottenham lose out in a number of ways – for starters, they were reportedly after Van Gaal prior to David Moyes’ exit, so that’ll hurt and now they are the only club in the top seven who don’t have a manager at all. A lot of their players are expected to be sold and or leave, one way or another, and there is a lot of damage control and refurbishment to be done for whomever comes in at White Hart Lane. I worry for Tottenham and I think they could find themselves going through yet another turbulent season and Manchester United signing Louis van Gaal certainly isn’t going to help Spurs’ plight.

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