Louis van Gaal seeks praise from Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has said that he will only know he has succeeded at the club when managerial great, Sir Alex Ferguson gives him validation.

Louis van Gaal has had some ups and downs this season, but with two wins over Liverpool, a win at Arsenal, a draw with Chelsea and currently sitting comfortably in a position to qualify for UEFA Champions League next season, it can be said that this season has been successful. In addition, United’s recent form has been extremely impressive. In the 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Saturday, Van Gaal did not appear to be pleased after United conceded a goal moments after scoring their second, a stunner from captain Wayne Rooney.

Prior to the match, Louis van Gaal discussed his desire to receive acclaim from a Manchester United legend. The Dutch manager said,

“The comments of legends are always important because they have a lot of fans. Fans are listening to the legends, so it’s nice for Manchester United. It’s nice for the players, and also nice for the manager, when legends are saying that.”

With United’s current form, Van Gaal probably does deserve this praise. When speaking about possible compliments from club legends, Van Gaal brought up Sir Alex Ferguson by saying,

“I think if, for example, Ferguson says that, then I’m more proud, because he can judge as a manager much better than ex-players what the achievement is in such a game [Ferguson] is always on his way somewhere, so it’s difficult to speak with him. But we have made an appointment and he shall pay for dinner – that’s very important!”

Louis van Gaal has trained the players well this season, and they are now adjusting to the new philosophy he has brought to the club.  Van Gaal is steadily winning the hearts of fans, and it can all be accredited to recent wins over rivals like Tottenham and Liverpool. Van Gaal’s quest to win accolade from icons started with getting the Manchester United owners behind him. Then, the players have to adapt and show composure, followed by the approval from fans when the team does well. Only after all of this, will legends commend the efforts of Louis van Gaal. For now, Van Gaal still has his philosophy. Recently, in regards to his philosophy, he said,

“I attack in four phases and I defend in four phases. I think the players here know everything about the philosophy now but now they have to perform it.”

To get this recognition from a great like Sir Alex Ferguson, Van Gaal will still need to lead the team to Champions League qualification. Ferguson is generally difficult to impress, so Van Gaal might have to do more than just qualify for the prestigious European tournament.  He has even targeted the title this season saying,

“It’s still a rat race and Tottenham and Liverpool are still in. Of course we have dealt them a blow but we have to play against the first three. It can happen a lot. Still, we can win the title, mathematically.”

With the pressure of the fight to remain in the top four, a title does seem a tad out of reach for United. However, the ambitions of Louis van Gaal have proved to be on track to become a heroic manager at Manchester United. He will get the approval he has been yearning for soon enough.


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