Manchester United fans need to celebrate Louis van Gaal
Manchester United go into the weekend’s Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium with an opportunity to go top. Yet apparently there is a crisis at Old Trafford. A crisis of what? There aren’t too many injuries within the squad so it can’t be that? A crisis of confidence? Last weekend’s 2-1 win at Watford suggested that the team have a winning mentality right now. Football fans clearly feel it’s their God-given right to moan and United supporters are supposedly fed up with Louis van Gaal’s defensive tactics. The Dutchman is facing accusations that his team play a dull brand of football, as could be seen from Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against PSV. However, Manchester United are firmly in the title race and one of the few teams not to have lost a Premier League match at home this season. That recent win at Watford illustrated that they can get the job done on the road too – even without key players such as Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick. Once again, fans fall into the trap of wanting something that is a contradiction (unless you’re Leicester City or Barcelona right now). They want to see attacking free-flowing football but also plenty of victories. Van Gaal was clearly scarred by that 3-0 reverse at the Emirates earlier this season where Arsenal came flying out of the traps to score three times against his shell-shocked team. So the response is to shut up shop. After all, if you don’t concede, then you can’t lose. If you don’t lose, then a draw or a win are the only outcomes. And with the attacking weaponry at LVG’s disposal, then the wins follow irrespective of the performance.