Scousers are pretty good at hyperbole aren’t they?
Alan Hansen famously said Manchester United would win nothing win kids after an opening day drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa in 1995/6, a season where we won the league at the beginning of our Class of ’92 reign.
This season, Graeme Souness was practically foaming at the mouth when he said this could the beginning of Manchester United’s dynasty crumbling, something he orchestrated so well at Liverpool. The scousers were probably equally as excited at the prospect of that happening than they were at winning their first league title in 24 years.
It wasn’t just scousers who were gleeful. Most teams took enjoyment from watching the champions flail in 7th like a toddler without armbands and were satisfied that we’d have to spend years repairing the damage. Anyone but United.
Sorry to disappoint you all. Manchester United aren’t going to turn into Liverpool and get used to finishing closer to the midtable than the title.
This season was a messianic Moyes maelstrom but that storm has passed. By sacking Moyes, the rotting arm was cut before the gangrene set in. If Moyes had shown any reason why he deserved more time, he would have got it but United declined all season and it peaked with defeat at Everton, which proved to be the final straw.
As a consequence of that decision by the board, instead of sitting here looking feverishly at the calendar wishing the days to pass like minutes to end this season, Manchester United fans are rubbing their hands together thanks to a Ryan Giggs’ shaped adrenaline shot in the arm.
Looking further ahead than the next few games with Giggs in charge, Louis van Gaal‘s appointment looks to be a matter of when and not if, something which has already irked City’s CEO, and is likely to worry the rest of the Premier League.
Do you think Van Gaal would settle for a midtable finish next season? We’re talking about a manager who dropped his trousers and got his balls out in front of the players just to prove a point.
Moyes commanded no respect in the dressing room but when Van Gaal walks in, players will turn into a set of Churchill dogs, nodding subconsciously, chanting “Oh yes”. His presence commands that respect and is precisely why Manchester United have looked towards him (plus the fact that Klopp, Mourinho and Ancelotti were unavailable).
Call it dictatorial, call it totalitarian, call it coercion. Call it what you want. Van Gaal won’t let Manchester United quiver like a lost hedgehog next season.
Manchester United might not immediately take back the Premier League title next year but under the stewardship of Van Gaal, you could bet your house on us becoming a competitive force of nature once again.