The experienced Dutchman took over at Old Trafford over the summer, and despite enjoying an unbeaten pre-season, his side have struggled sine opening their campaign proper.
One win from four Premier League games – against lowly QPR – was preceded by a meagre return of two points against Swansea, Sunderland and Burnley, as well as a humiliating 4-0 Capital One Cup loss at the hands of League One side MK Dons.
Van Gaal has an impressive CV to call upon, but Giles – who started his career at United before joining Leeds – believes that what he saw from the coach at the World Cup with Holland and unique nature in which he moved the Theatre of Dreams may see everything unravel quickly:
“Van Gaal’s public relations has been brilliant. I had my doubts about him in the World Cup because in my view, Wesley Sneijder is one of the top midfielders in the world but Van Gaal never played him in his best position.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“What really puzzled me was the gimmick decision to change his goalkeeper before the penalty shootout in the quarter-final.
“He took all the credit that was going for that switch as Holland knocked out Costa Rica. But the following week he was in the same position in the semi-final against Argentina and was unable to repeat the tactic because he had used up all of his substitutes.
“So if he was a genius one week, he should have been doing the same thing in the next game.
“To be fair, we are all to blame for building him up so much. He used three at the back in Brazil and the way pundits spoke about it, you would swear he had re-invented the wheel. He had two wingers playing at wing-back, which is not the best thing in the world.
“But he has been clever, going into the United job, saying ‘At all the clubs I have been to, it has taken three months for players to get my philosophy’.
“Then after the 4-0 defeat to MK Dons he said it could take as long as a year for him to get it right.
“David Moyes didn’t even last a year. So Van Gaal is a good politician.
“He said he needed six new players and has got six. He has to knit them together and only then will we judge him.
“United are gambling now and if they don’t qualify for the Champions League their outlay will prove a drain.”
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