The boost in confidence from van Gaal’s arrival
Louis van Gaal is widely considered one of the best managers in Europe, and one who helped to shape the modern game. The Dutchman has been a success wherever he’s coached, including in his homeland with AZ Alkmaar, in Germany with Bayern Munich and in Spain with Barcelona.
He’s a huge step up in class from David Moyes, who never seemed to be able to come to terms with the size of Manchester United. The input of the new manager, however, has been clear from the off, with United looking much more positive in pre-season than they did last season under Moyes.
Van Gaal will clash with someone in England, either personnel at United or individuals in the media. But it’s difficult not to see him as a success in the future. The arrival of the Dutchman will be a major factor in United running the race for the league title.