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Why It Isn't ALL van Gaal's Fault

Saturday 5th March 2016
Over the last few seasons, it has become increasingly clear that the glory days of Manchester United have taken a break and now United are suffering a dry spell of trophies and success.

This is due to the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Mike Phelan, Rene Muelensteen and the rest of the old crew.

However, in the 2013/14 season, players that were key to the success of Ferguson just didn't show up. Players such as Ferdinand, van Persie, Vidic etc were quite clearly not good enough to play for United. I will always respect these players especially Ferdinand and Vidic for all they have done for my club Manchester United.  Moving on to the 2014/15 season in comes Louis van Gaal and his 'Gaalacticos' as many fans started to call them in the hope that the name will become as iconic as the 'Class of 92'. Unfortunately, Falcao was not up to the task of performing to the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy. Despite Falcao not being a good footballer, I will always respect him due to the fact that he always tried. However, I have no respect what so ever for Angel Di Maria. It was very clear that he had no intention of helping United reach success. He never cared for United, he never wanted any part in the English way of life, this is backed up by rumours that claimed United paid for English lessons but he didn't turn up for any of them.
This season has arguably been the worst in many years and a mass amount of fans believe that it is 100% van Gaal's fault. However, when you watch the matches, you see a squad of players that don't look like they want to win the game. It's so frustrating watching your players not wanting to touch the ball, having to go to watch a team that is seemingly scared to run at the opposition, afraid to attack and almost not caring about the club.

This is why we need to get someone in with passion, with heart, who wants to play and who wants to win football matches. Someone who isn't just there to collect wages. Where do we find this person? I don't know. To be honest, I think we should bring someone like Patrice Evra back. Yes, he may be old and past his prime however I think we need someone who loves the club and has experience of playing at a top level e.g. Champions League. Patrice Evra meets all of these requirements. If someone was to point out a better option to me I would happily reconsider.

Do not get me wrong, I do believe that van Gaal has been a shocking manager for us and I do think that he should be sacked if we want to have any hope of a top four finish. However, with recent results, we may have a slight chance of top four but unfortunately, I don't think we will be able to reach it come the end of the season.

This is why I think ALL the blame shouldn't be placed on van Gaal and why I think some of the blame should be placed on their players for lack of effort, bravery and hunger for the win!

Joe Keavney
Life long Manchester United fan. Season ticket holder and lover of all things football. If you don't agree with my opinions, tough.

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