CAN VAN GAAL SALVAGE HIS UNITED JOB? ; UNITED SPECIALIf LVG Can Get the Best out of Depay, Show Some Passion and Bring in a Fresh Face, He Could Find Success at Old Trafford

By Mathieson, Stuart | Manchester Evening News, January 28, 2016 | Go to article overview

CAN VAN GAAL SALVAGE HIS UNITED JOB? ; UNITED SPECIALIf LVG Can Get the Best out of Depay, Show Some Passion and Bring in a Fresh Face, He Could Find Success at Old Trafford


Mathieson, Stuart, Manchester Evening News


LOUIS van Gaal might just have ridden out yet another storm. United's Dutch boss was talked out of quitting by executive vice- chairman Ed Woodward during the Reds' wretched December.

And now he's back from Holland after his minibreak with the full backing of the club's decisionmakers, having survived another miserable low against Southampton.

But he returns to a more hostile atmosphere surrounding United. He'd previously argued the fans showed him support. After Saints, there is no escaping that the comfort blanket has been whipped away.

He'd wooed them with hilarious speeches and fist-thumping 'Louis van Gaal's army' sound bites, but that's not going to win them back so easily again.

So if the 64-year-old has been given the nod to fight on, what does he have to do to get back into United's supporters good books again? ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK NOT rocket science. It's fairly obvious, really. The answer is staring everybody in the face.

Letting the Reds off the leash and abandoning their crab-style football might not win every game with a porous, unprotected defence, but it is better than losing without even having a go.

Fans would cut Van Gaal some slack if he recognised the value of ditching his negative tactics. He might reason until the cows come home that United are attacking, but when you can only muster one shot against Southampton at Old Trafford, the argument falls flat.

Boredom = booing.

GIVE ME MEMPHIS THE Dutch winger returned to a hero's welcome to Eindhoven last weekend as the PSV crowd said their farewell to the golden boot and Eredivisie title winner. Regular observers in the Netherlands cannot believe how flat the 21-year-old looks at United after last year's breakthrough season. …

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