Remembering Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

Manchester United had some glorious years through the 90’s, 00’s, and even early 10’s. Trebles, doubles, European nights, and title celebrations, the Ferguson years brought an abundance of success the likes of which we may never see again in terms of pure length. Football moves fast these days, a few bad months and a manager can be out of the job even if they were successful before that. It’s unlikely to ever happen again that a coach stays at a huge club for almost 30 years, constantly rebuilding, and winning league titles across 3 decades.

United have struggled to find their feet since Ferguson left. Under the guidance of David Moyes they failed to qualify for Europe. Jose Mourinho, despite winning some trophies (including the Europa League) didn’t suit the club. Ole’s at the wheel now and Man U seem to be returning to the philosophy of bringing through young British talent. However, there was one man who offered a certain flair that has been lost in the Premier League since his departure.

Louis van Gaal, Big Louis, LVG. The Dutch master who previously won a Champions League and UEFA Cup with Ajax took over from Moyes in 2014. van Gaal won league titles with Bayern Munich, Ajax, Barcelona, and AZ, but this was his first outing in England. When he finished up his role as head coach of the Netherlands by taking them to 3rd place at the World Cup (beating Brazil 3 – 0 to take that title) he was on his way to Old Trafford.

What followed, was the greatest collection of quotes, mishaps, and blunders across two seasons, where he some how lifted the FA Cup days before being sacked. Here we take a non-extensive look at some of his finest moments.

Ouis Va Gaaal Reh Arhy!

His enthusiasm for the role could be heard straight away in his lyrical mispronunciation of his own name.

Mike Smalling

Captains are crucial to the game. They have to have extra commitment to the team. And if that means adopting a new name because your manager calls you the wrong one, then so be it. (Incidentally, van Gaal calling Chris Smalling Mike was not an isolated incident).

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The look on Juan Mata’s face confirms that LvG does in fact often use the word ‘Horny’ to his players.

The Rise & Fall

Not content with simply telling the 4th official about Arsenal’s diving, Louis decided to emerge from the bench and put his body on the line to show him first hand.

“Yes! We Go For It!”

He may have enjoyed a few refreshments before making this speech.

Louis van Gaals Army 2: This Time It’s Personal

Backs against the wall, van Gaal had a Benitez Fact Rant-esque go at the reporters, claiming the fans were behind him.

Words Can’t Bring Me Down

“Sticks, and, bones, can break my.. eh?”

We’ll always remember Louis van Gaals all too brief spell at struggling giants Manchester United.

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