Tuesday, March 22, 2016
I confess: I am the only fan that likes Louis Van Gaal
Next season ManU will have a new manager that will free ride on the young talent that Louis Van Gaal has promoted in the last two seasons (Rashford, Lingaard and many others). The same happened previously at Ajax, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Dutch national team: no other manager at top teams has the courage to risk everything to give minutes and games to the youngest players. Other more glamorous younger managers should be compared to the great Louis after a comparable career in so many teams and leagues: then we can look at titles won and talent promoted. Today Van Gaal's team still has chances to go back to the Champions League and to win the FA Cup. Most probably it will not happen and he will be sacked. Meanwhile, I enjoyed today's comments after defeating ManCity as I enjoyed them when Van Gaal defeated Spain in the last World Cup. Today inThe Guardian: "This was the sweetest of victories for a manager many United supporters want sacked. Four times the usually perma-seated Van Gaal was on his feet in a show of how much a win meant to him, twice to argue with the fourth official – about Daley Blind’s treatment from Sergio Agüero and a penalty denied to Marcus Rashford. The third and fourth were to give instructions to players – Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick – despite the Dutchman having said previously that touchline chat is ineffective. Beforehand Van Gaal said: “After going out of the Europa League, it is a big disappointment. We are ready again. We have to close the gap to them and so have to win this game.” They did and are now a point behind City. And, if this is Van Gaal’s last taste of the fixture, his record closes as P4 W2 D1 L1. Rashford shows he has a bright future: An eighth consecutive start for the 18-year-old came as a surprise given Van Gaal’s tendency to tinker and the fact Marcus Rashford had not scored since registering twice in his second match for the first team. Yet only 15 minutes were required for the striker to suggest he may be a regular presence in the big time by leaving Martín Demichelis in a different postcode as he skipped in on Joe Hart before banging home a memorable winner. Rashford should also have had a penalty as the interval neared when Demichelis took him down. Each time the ball arrived he was a menace with his cocktail of pace and willingness to drive forward." Music to the ears to defenders of lost causes.