Rio Ferdinand believes that Louis van Gaal’s legacy at Manchester United will be the chances he gave to the club’s young players.
Van Gaal’s tenure at Man United came to an end on Monday after the Dutchman was sacked following a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, although he did win the FA Cup.
United played an attractive brand of football under van Gaal but the veteran coach gave opportunities to a number of youngsters such as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who all flourished in the first team. Ferdinand assessed van Gaal’s reign in a recent post on his Facebook page.
“After few hours to let the dust settle.. I thought I would write a few words on Louis van Gaal. His unwavering belief in his methods is something to respect in many ways but it was also part of his undoing too,” Ferdinand wrote.
“Success (winning the league or CL) is what Manchester United demands & added to that an attacking, quick, aggressive & imaginative style of football. Unfortunately LVG failed to bring either of those elements to the club.
“He is huge personality who won an FA cup, keeping up his habit of winning trophies everywhere he has been but his #MUFC legacy will be the introduction of the players from the academy like Rashford, Lingard, Fosu-Mensah etc which WAS in keeping with the history of the club – giving kids an opportunity to play.”
Van Gaal certainly adhered to United’s policy of bringing through youth and the likes of Rashford and Fosu-Mensah will owe their careers to him if they go on to be successful in the coming years.
But it was hard to ignore the dull, laborious football that United played under van Gaal and the awful results that they suffered over the course of the campaign.
Van Gaal is a likeable character but things on the pitch fell far below the required level. Unfortunately, he had to go.