This season, Louis Van Gaal has been under fire from Manchester United fans who want him fired after a disappointing campaign. Despite the call for his firing, Manchester United’s front office hasn’t made a decision on whether they will bring the Dutch coach back for the final season of his contract or let him go when the season is over. The uncertainty at Old Trafford has reduced the club’s online sportsbook soccer odds of winning the Premier League title next year.
Because of Manchester United’s struggles this season, it has become fashionable to dump on Van Gaal while he is down. Surprisingly, one of the few supporters Van Gaal has this season is former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.
In a recent interview, Murphy said Van Gaal deserved more credit for the changes he has made at the club. Despite their struggles, Manchester United advanced to the semifinals of the FA Cup after their 2-1 win against West Ham on Wednesday.
While Van Gaal hasn’t endeared himself to fans with his stand-off nature and game management, Murphy urged United fans to look at big picture instead of thinking short-term because he believes that Van Gaal has done more good for Manchester United than he has been given credit for.
Murphy said he understands the fans frustration because there are some obvious deficiencies at the club, and the club disappointed the fans with their domestic and European performances this year.
Despite the team’s struggles, Murphy preached patience because Van Gaal has been under an intense amount of pressure this season managing one of the biggest teams in the world, and he still had the courage to play young players like Jesse Lingard, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Rashford, and Guillermo Varela.
Murphy added that Van Gaal also showed humility by admitting that he made a mistake signing Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian, whose attitudes and performances have not been good enough this season.
Another reason Murphy believes Van Gaal needs to be given more time is the fact that he started off with a slow pace ball control type of offense, which was criticized by many. After a lot of criticism about the team’s boring style, Van Gaal eventually relented and changed the team’s offensive approach to a faster paced counter attacking gameplan.
Murphy believes Van Gaal also showed that he cared more about the interest of the team than his. After spending a lot of money to sign the likes of Depay and Darmian, most coaches would have stuck to their guns when the players were underperforming because their ego won’t allow them to admit that they were wrong.
Van Gaal definitely has an ego, but he didn’t let it get in the way of doing what was right for the team. When Depay and Darmian proved that they couldn’t adjust to his system, Van Gaal didn’t waste any time pulling them in favor of players who were in better form.
Despite Murphy’s pleas for patience, most Manchester United fans have their hearts set on having a new manager next season. For months, Jose Mourinho has been linked to the club, but after flaming out with Chelsea earlier this season, there is no reason to expect him to do a better job than Van Gaal has done in his two years at Old Trafford.