Louis van Gaal: Expectations are too high at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal has accused Manchester United fans of expecting too much of their side following the 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday.

The Dutchman’s comments came after boos were thrown his way during his end of season speech at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal’s failure to secure Champions League football for next season, alongside endorsing an insipid style of football throughout the campaign, has led to the majority of Man United’s fanbase calling for his sacking. Speaking after the game, van Gaal insisted that United fans were harbouring unfairly high expectations of his side.

“Of course [I understand the booing],” said van Gaal.

“The expectation is very high and the fans are expecting a lot but I think the expectations are much too high. We are a team in transition and I said that when I started but maybe I have to bring the message over much clearer.”

Two years later and almost a quarter of a billion spent; van Gaal’s excuse of still being in transition simply doesn’t fly anymore.

The 2014/15 was rightly recognised as a transitional campaign. The following season, however, was where van Gaal would be truly judged. And in every department the Dutchman has failed: four points and 18 goals fewer than last season are stark reminders of United regressing under the weight of van Gaal’s anodyne, backward style of football, which is simply not compatible with the dynamism and energy that characterises the Premier League.

United fans are justified in booing. Their side have gone backwards, and nobody believes that van Gaal is capable of reinvigorating a squad suffering at the hands of his miserably inert system.

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