Jon Dunham – Van Gaal seems the right fit for United

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

It’s fair to say that Manchester United are not everyone’s cup of tea.

Unfortunately, once you become the dominant force in a football league you are only there to be shot down.

And United were most definitely shot down last season.

I, as I am sure many of you do, know plenty of United supporters but I have one mate in particular who is a season ticket holder at Old Trafford. He is the one I speak to when I want to have a chat about them.

And our chats were thoroughly depressing last season. While I poured my heart out of the demise of my beloved Norwich City, it wasn’t any easier for him as David Moyes’ ill-fated reign took his team from champions of England to seventh in the table.

Moyes, as we know, was put out of his misery and yesterday saw the official unveiling of Louis Van Gaal.

And while the proof will be in the pudding (as it always is), you get the feeling that it is, as this moment in time, about as perfect an appointment they could have made.

Like them or not, United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. They should be challenging for honours on all fronts.

And I have no doubt that Van Gaal will waste little time in making them a powerhouse once again.

His credentials back it up. He has won numerous domestic titles, a Champions League and a UEFA Cup. And, as we have seen recently, he led the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup this year.

Basically, he has been there and won everything at club level.

He has, as every manager at the top needs, plenty of confidence and a hint of arrogance. He knows what he is capable of and United fans will be dearly hoping he can revive their fortunes.

There are those who would lay the blame of what happened last season squarely with Moyes but there’s no doubt that the winds of change will make their way through the United squad during the remainder of the summer.

With money to spend, Van Gaal will have few problems in attracting the big names that are needed if they are to compete again.

With no European football to play, United’s focus will be solely on the Barclays Premier League, much like Liverpool last season.

So, with a world class manager now at the helm, let’s not be too surprised if United are firmly in the shake up come next spring.