Louis’ time at United is up
United fans have every right to demand success on the pitch
M anchester United fans expect too much. Not my words, but those of underfire manager Louis van Gaal.
After his side’s 3-1 victory against Bournemouth in their final Premier League match, LVG was roundly booed when addressing fans following the final whistle.
To be fair to LVG he did thank fans for their “unconditional support”, but to then go on TV and say they demand too much was frankly ridiculous.
Van Gaal said: “Of course [I understand the boos], because I have also said that the expectation is very high, especially the fans.
“They are expecting a lot. But I think these expectations are much too high, and we are a team in transition, and that I have said when I started here.”
The whole “team in transition” excuse won’t cut it this time.
After Sir Alex Ferguson left three years ago, the club went through a transition phase under David Moyes, now they are going through the same with Van Gaal.
United fans demand more than this though. Here’s why: 1. They have won 20 titles 2. They are the most profitable team in the world
3. They have the biggest club stadium in the UK
4. They are used to watching top-class football 5. They are used to winning. If United really are a team in transition that means more players will be coming in to bolster the squad. You can forget the top stars though, they won’t go to a club not playing Champions League football.
Van Gaal’s comments made him sound like he’s the manager of a mid-table team, not a club that has pretty much dominated English football since the 1990s.
Even if United do attract better players this summer, the race for the top four will be hard now Leicester and Spurs are in the mix. The fact is a fifth-placed finish is not good enough for United. Even a possible FA Cup triumph against Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday (8.30pm UAE time) will not turn the fans around.
Speaking with supporters, the big issue for them is that United’s football under Van Gaal has been rubbish. Even United legend Peter Schmeichel admitted that the style of play has “bored him to death”.
I’m sorry to say Louis, but it’s time to say goodbye. If transition is the key word here, maybe it’s better with Jose Mourinho in charge. Enjoy Wembley, LVG.