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Louis van Gaal took charge of Manchester United after taking Holland to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

This was seen as a great achievement as this was billed as one of the worst Holland squads in years.

Louis van Gaal’s philosophy and vision at Manchester UnitedVan Gaal took over the reigns at United after David Moyes had failed to complete a full season in charge at Old Trafford, Moyes had been billed as the chosen one after Sir Alex Ferguson had chosen him to succeed him in the Old Trafford hot seat.

After Moyes’ departure in April 2014, Ryan Giggs took charge of United for the final four games of the season. Giggs was assisted by fellow class of 92 graduates Scholes, Butt and Phil Neville. Manchester United finished last season in 7th place in the Premier League, failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in over 20 years.

The question on everyone’s on lips was where would United go from here. Let’s be honest it was no big secret the Van Gaal would be the next man in the Old Trafford manager’s seat. Without Champions League football would United and Van Gaal be able to attract to the big names to Old Trafford in order to get Champions League football back at Old Trafford for the 2015/16 season.

The summer saw United sign Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao (loan). These signings dismissed the notion that top players wouldn’t come to United without the prospect of Champions League football.

You would probably have to say that United have had to pay over the odds in terms of transfer fees and wages for some their summer signings. But would these players have gone to any other club that didn’t have Champions League football? I think it’s fair to say that the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw were signings that United had already set the wheels in motion on before Van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford. I think the signings of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao were made because they heard that these players may be available at a certain price and weren’t original targets.

From Van Gaal’s very first press conference we have heard him talking about his philosophy. What is his philosophy? He won’t tell us but I feel his philosophy for Manchester United is to build a team for now and for when he has gone that will dominate possession in games. This is the reason he has opted to play three at the back because it gives his team more possession but he still wants to attack teams.

I think if you look at the stats though, United are having more possession as he wants them playing with three centre backs but are not creating the chances in many games because teams are just sitting back and allowing United to have the possession in front of them. Then when these teams win the ball they are looking to counter attack as we saw Southampton successfully do at the turn of the year.

I think Van Gaal feels that our midfield isn’t physically strong enough to be playing 4-4-2 and dominate in terms of possession and making chances. This is why I think he wanted Kevin Strootman and if he had been fit in the summer, United probably would have broke the bank to sign him. This is the man that Van Gaal had been building his Holland team around before he suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of the World Cup and the start of this season. Sadly though he has had to have another knee operation which rules him out for 6 to 8 weeks so will that be the end of Van Gaal’s pursuit of Strootman and will he have to look elsewhere for his strong dominating midfielder.

Where will Manchester United be when Van Gaal leaves the club? Whenever that may be, I personally think he will only be at the club for three or four seasons through his own choice. He will probably retire when he does leave Manchester United. I feel his aim is to leave a team that will be able to dominate matches in possession and destroy teams with their attacking play. He will want to leave a team that is challenging both domestically and in Europe.

He wants to build a squad at Manchester United that has at least two world class players in every position, if not more that that. I think we are already seeing this with the signing of Victor Valdes. A lot of people are saying that Valdes has come in to replace David de Gea but I don’t see this. If Valdes had been signed to replace De Gea in the summer then surely Valdes would at least be getting games in the FA Cup.

This January transfer window has been a quiet one for Manchester United, but it has seen Van Gaal and United clearing the deck in terms of players that are surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. With both Anderson and Darren Fletcher being allowed to leave as they are not up to the standard required.

In Fletcher’s case I think every Manchester United fan will you that they would have loved to see Fletcher come back and be the great player he was for United before the illness he suffered. Another player who has been allowed to leave is Wilfried Zaha, who has returned to Crystal Palace on a permanent deal, having been on loan there. I wish Zaha all the best but I feel he can not perform at a consistently high level to have been a success at Old Trafford.

After clearing the decks slightly this month, we will see a busy summer for Manchester United, Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal as they look to off load some more players, with probably the likes of Nani and Javier Hernandez leaving the club on a permanent basis, while I also think we will see quite a few players coming into the squad in various positions.

I feel these will mainly be in defence and midfield areas and possibly a striker, depending on the future of Falcao and Van Persie. I feel Van Gaal will bring in the players he wants and start build the squad he wants that will benefit United in the long term. Once he has done this, he and his successor will be able to just tweak the squad in transfer windows and won’t need to make wholesale changes every summer.

Originally published at crazyaboutepl.com

Post written by Andy Hyslop
Blog: siralexfergusonway.wordpress.com, Twitter: @andyhyslop28
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