The Dutch coach was brought to Old Trafford to right the problems created by David Moyes last season, and former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has told AS that he should be given another year to impress.
Van Gaal arrived in Manchester immediately following his third place finish at the World Cup with the Netherlands, and he set about strengthening the squad to a level not seen at Old Trafford for a number of years. Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind all signed for the Red Devils, although the lack of defensive strengthening brought a few worries, and all three have had varying impacts.
Whilst big things were expected of the Premier League giants following the summer arrivals, the situation has not progressed as planned. League Cup and Premier League success were out of the picture a long time ago, and their FA Cup campaign sees them face Cambridge United in a replay having failed to overcome the League Two side last week.
Following United’s defeat to Southampton a few weeks ago, van Gaal endured criticism of not actually taking the club forward, having spent an incredible wealth on signing talent, but with the outcome of only securing the same amount of points as David Moyes had by this time last term.
In the current climate, the need for a quick fix envelops any sense of continuity in football, and it could be suggested that van Gaal could not see out the season if he continues to falter with the club. Moyes saw the same fate after a poor campaign, but former Liverpool striker John Aldridge feels as if the Dutchman needs at least another year to fix the ongoing problems at Old Trafford.
When asked by AS if he knew why van Gaal is failing with United, Aldridge said: “I do not know, but van Gaal takes almost the same points [as Moyes]. I think he should be given another year.”
Aldridge also added his thoughts on Moyes taking charge of Real Sociedad, where the Scottish coach has enjoyed an impressive start to his management career.
Aldridge added: “He needed a new adventure away from the noise of the English press: a new beginning, a different country. I can think of no better place than San Sebastián.”