Manchester United’s Player of the Year awards were a long-winded affair, spanning over hours of interviews and talks before revealing what we were all expecting: David De Gea as top performer and Juan Mata claiming Goal of the Season for his second strike against Liverpool. But if you had sat through the awards bash, and waited for the manager to make his speech, you would not have been disappointed. Louis Van Gaal showed exactly why he is the right man for the job at Old Trafford.
The red wine may have been flowing before Van Gaal took to the stage, but his emotive speech seemed to come from the heart. He spoke so highly of the Manchester United support and hailed the faith they showed him from the beginning. Even in United’s poor run of games at the start of the season, they backed him, and he praised them for that. “How is it possible that the fans are supporting me?” he said, off the back of “10 games 13 points”.
The fans already respect him as a manager – he brought them back into the top four which was his objective all along. But after this, you cannot help but love him even more. He is a million miles away from the manager David Moyes was. Moyes was out of his depth, of course, but he could not get the fans on his side no matter what. He put his foot in his mouth, especially claiming his squad aspired to be like their bitter rivals Manchester City.
Van Gaal is happy with what he has achieved in his first season, which has had its ups and downs. The manager knows this, and addressed this in his speech. He showed he is human and cannot get it right at all times.
Louis Van Gaal understands the importance of being at Manchester United, and the fans are lapping it up. He showed his passion for his new club through both his speech, and a little viral vine that occurred after United’s last home game. When meeting fans outside the ground, he joins in a rendition of his own song – “Louis Van Gaal’s Red Army.” How can you not love that?
The manager has promised big things for next season, and based the delivery of his speech, you can believe it. He said that everyone at Manchester United “have to produce more… Because we have the best fans in the world.” What a speech. What a man.
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