The Netherlands boss has been welcomed with opened arms at Old Trafford after a difficult and disappointing season under David Moyes last term.
Manchester United coach and legend Paul Scholes believes Louis van Gaal has the ‘Midas touch’ and has stated he can improve the Red Devils by ’20-25%’ next term.
"He’ll improve last year’s performance by 20/25 per cent, I feel. As well as the new signings, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, (and hopefully more to come) he’ll bring more out of the players who are already there. I’m actually really excited about next season,” explained the former midfielder.
“Van Gaal seems to have the Midas touch, and with his coaching reputation and vast experience he can bring a lot to the club.”
What would a 20-25% improvement look like at Old Trafford?
Last term United finished in seventh place in the Premier League with 64 points on the board after winning 19, drawing seven and losing 12 of their 38 games in the league.
With those numbers, a 25% improvement would get them 80 points, for example, which would put them in fourth place ahead of Arsenal who achieved 79 points last season.
Last term, United won just 50% of their games so a win percentage of 75% would mean they win 28 of their games next term. They scored a total of 64 goals last term and 125% of that is 80 goals which is more than Chelsea and Arsenal scored last term.
If we take Scholes’ assertion of 20-25% on face value we could perhaps deduce that Manchester United will finish in the top four but are unlikely to be in the champions or the runners up, they will regain their qualification for the Champions League but will take another season to really compete for the top title.
Of course it’s possible that United overachieve on Scholes’ estimates next term and they could potentially win a domestic cup as well but, if Paul Scholes is correct, Louis van Gaal will certainly improve United but it won’t be a complete return to the heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson glory days just yet.