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Proving he should have been ‘The Chosen One’ Manchester United?

Date: 23rd July 2014 at 6:52pm
Written by Christy Malyan

It feels dangerous to suggest that opening press conferences alone can give an insight into how a management tenure might pan out. How much can we really take from an obligatory, partially-staged public interaction where questions from journalists are often agreed and negotiated beforehand? Yet, from Louis van Gaal's opening press conference as Manchester United boss, held last week, you already get the sense that he'll be far more comfortable at Old Trafford than his failed predecessor David Moyes. It did not contain the fireworks of Jose Mourinho's 'special one' performance, where he appeared to be drunk on his own arrogance from his historic Champions League title with FC Porto. It did not facilitate the intrigue surrounding then-unknown Arsene Wenger, attired like a maths teacher, way back in 1996. But van Gaal's opening press conference, surprisingly understated all things considered, came with a healthy dose of self assurance and ambition that his predecessor's tellingly lacked. This time last year, the Scotsman was fulfilling the same obligatory duties as the 62 year-old, answering questions from enquiring journalists that could only expect rather clichéd answers. But the difference in tone between Moyes and van Gaal is certainly notable - here are just a few examples: The first question posed to Moyes was regarding how he felt on being the new Manchester United manager. Already sweaty-browed, wide-eyed and surprisingly cautious in manner, considering the Scot had always ... Read More

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