To say that watching Louis van Gaal’s Man United is as dull as watching paint dry would be an insult to the sport of Paint Watching.
The Dutchman’s desire to avoid defeat at all costs has bred a side that produces few chances and converts even less and the Old Trafford natives are restless.
Though van Gaal is a manager with undoubted pedigree it appears the aging boss has acquired a taste for adopting tactics that have left many Man United fans demanding change at the top.
Some clamour for the promotion of Ryan Giggs from assistant manager to head honcho though more would presumably court Jose Mourinho given ‘The Special One’s’ proven track record.
Replacing Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be a tough task and the axing of David Moyes was as necessary as it was predictable and the subsequent appointment of former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager van Gaal appeared, at the time, to be a solid choice.
Mourinho is a strong favourite to take over from van Gaal with Sky Bet offering 8/11 in the Chelsea man taking the hot-seat and with those odds in mind it may be a clever punt to back Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, at 16/1, to fill the soon to be vacant slot.
Van Gaal hasn’t so much ‘lost the dressing room’ as found himself in another post-code entirely.
It became clear the Man United manager was beginning to lose the plot when he opted to go on the offensive with a number of attacks on journalists sat in his press conferences. His Christmas time rant towards reporters, during which he passively-aggressively insisted the press throng enjoyed their mince-pies when clearly he really hoped they would all choke on the festive treats.
Though results have improved a tad Man United are still well off the title pace and were of course dumped out of the Champions League Final and it’s now a case of when and not if, van Gaal will be axed.
Following discussions with my network of contacts I suggest that van Gaal will get his marching orders sometime in the next month to six weeks and this would lead to Ryan Giggs taking the reins until the summer, before a more experienced manager will be ushered in.
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P.S SkyBet also offer 100/1 on David Beckham to be the next to take over as Man United manager, this is a bet designed to attract a fool and his money….steer clear…it’s not worth it, even just for the comic value!