“The sun’ll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on
till’ tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow
You’re always a day away!”
They may be the words of an orphaned young child called Annie for a 1982 film set in the times of The Great Depression but they will resonate with modern day Manchester United fans.
Louis van Gaal‘s announcement has been tomorrow too many times to count and The Telegraph have now said that Monday 19 May is the day where we can all let off the party poppers, put on our clogs and do a Dutch dance as Van Gaal and United want the deal to be sorted in the next 24 hours.
Excitement about tomorrow has long sinced diminished.
What is causing the delays? United have been briefing the media to suggest it is all to do with Van Gaal wanting to not disrupt Holland’s plans for the World Cup but surely a long, drawn out negotiation process with more ifs and buts than answers is more of a distraction than a clean cut announcement?
Something has obviously not been agreed behind the scenes. Be it Van Gaal and United not coming to a compromise with the back room staff or Ryan Giggs not being happy with a potential wage cut, something’s not quite finalised.
United need to get these negotiations nailed and get the deal done and dusted.
It wouldn’t be too frustrating for United fans had the situation not come after the debacle of last summer and this season. The last thing we needed was a long, drawn out replacement for David Moyes but it is exactly what we have been given.
As far as instilling confidence goes, this is not going to give fans the greatest confidence this summer is going to be any different to the last where we would have been left empty handed if our last minute, overpriced purchase of Marouane Fellaini wasn’t completed in time.
At this stage, it would be incredulous if Van Gaal was not named United’s new manager but this long winded process isn’t doing anyone – the fans, United or Van Gaal – any good.
Come on Ed Woodward, get him signed, sealed and delivered.