David Kelly suggests Louis van Gaal may not want to tarnish his reputation.
In the aftermath of the Swansea game it was obvious that Manchester United’s latest saviour was hurting, and that’s good to see – here was a proud man, obviously wounded and taking the defeat personally.
I read a little bit more into it than maybe I wanted to. We were reminded that United last signed a player 50 plus days ago. Van Gaal is rumoured to have given Ed Woodward a list of targets prior to taking the Dutch National side to the World Cup. So where are these targets now?
This second transfer window and United’s chronic failure to do serious business in it is hurting the club, not to mention how it’s already hurting due to the huge burden of the debt.
That debt, the millstone round the neck of the club, is in no way diminished by a sponsorship contract with Adidas. Ed Woodward is failing van Gaal in the transfer market and Louis must now be wondering if he’s been sold the proverbial pup.
The failure in the transfer market is a double edged sword – it’s widely agreed that there are more than half a dozen players at United that should be plying their trade elsewhere, but mid-August and they’re all still at United. They’re unable to shift the players they don’t want and unable to get the players that they do.
Louis van Gaal is a great manager for building teams based on youth and that’s exactly what United want and need, but the youth can only develop and excel when surrounded by players who are world class.
There’s very few of those on the training ground at Carrington these days.
The Dutch Maestro may be questioning the commitments that were made to him when he signed on for this three year rebuilding journey. How can he rebuild if he’s not given the money to buy the foundations?
By the end of the transfer window, if Woodward hasn’t made something special happen, then I foresee Louis van Gaal calling a press conference to apologise to the United faithful, and letting them know that a rot has set in at the club, that rot being personified by the Glazers and their puppet, Woodward.
He’ll outline the commitments that were made to him, and how they weren’t honoured, for let’s face it – he doesn’t want to tarnish his own reputation at this stage of life, due to the games played by the corporate money men that inhabit the once glorious Theatre of Dreams.