What will happen if we fail to get into the top 4? Feb 23, 2015 19:58:50 GMT
Post by matt on Feb 23, 2015 19:58:50 GMT
Feb 22, 2015 20:12:11 GMT @fergiegiveusawave said:People have really short memories if they think we're not better off performance wise than we were last season. We're a far more solid side and we're controlling possession in most games. Have we all forgotten the amount of times we were dominated by the opposition last season? At this point last season we'd already lost 8 league games.
Obviously we're asking more from him and the team, but there is no denying that he has made us a stronger team.
The way I see it, this is season is primarily about restoring some basics and hopefully reach the top-4. People may moan about our defence as much as they want, we still have the 4th best defence in the league, we have lost 5 games, only CHelsea and City have done better. So clearly, Van Gaal is doing a few things right, especially at the back regardless of what people may think. The way we press the opposition is also much better and much more suited to European football. The reason why it takes so much time imo is because it was a completely different approach under SAF. An approach that may have been effective in England, but which became ridiculously ineffective in the last few years in Europe.
The way I understand it, LVG is trying to cope with and adjust to the BPL (let's all remember that it is his first season in English football), while preparing and modernising the team for the European challenge. Finding that balance between English and continental football is in my opinion extremely difficult. Look at City who owned the league the past seasons, and who yet looked ridiculous in Europe. Look at Arsenal who are always playing third/fourth fiddle in England yet never quite reaching the final stage in Europe. Or Chelsea who always struggle massively in the latter stage in Europe. Or us and Pool who were kicked off by Basel.
My point is: perhaps we're too quick to judge Van Gaal in the sense that he may be thinking long-term and not just getting into the top-4 by all means. Sure, he has to, and he has made sacrifice and ditched his philosofy a few times. But perhaps he wants to teach us and find a way to develop a football that will be effective both in England and on the European stage. And that takes time, as only one or two managers in recent years have managed to find that balance. I am sure he knows what he is doing, although it is frustrating for us.
I won't judge Van Gaal until after next January. At that point, we will have a clear view of his "philosophy".