The sad departure of Sir Alex Ferguson sparked a new beginning at Manchester United – both for the squad and fans.
But a dream fresh start was not achieved, not even close.
After less than a year, David Moyes was passed off as a failure of a manager unable to live up to the standards of Fergie.
Along comes Netherlands-born Louis Van Gaal. “A promising appointment” said club president Sir Bobby Charlton.
It’s blatantly obvious that no one can replace Sir Alex, a manager who has won over 49 trophies for the club has gone down as one of the greatest managers in sporting history. Yet when Van Gaal took charge in 2014 there were promising grins on United supporters’ faces.
However, as we approach the final game of the 2015-16 season, United sit fifth, on 63 points, their most recent result a 3-2 loss to West Ham at the Hammers’ final game at Upton Park.
Two points behind rivals Manchester City, United’s UEFA Champions League hopes are unlikely to be achieved.
LVG has copped massive criticism this season, with his tactics being called boring, pointless and hopeless. The Red Devils have gained a reputation for playing boring football, with no aim of scoring and being focussed on possession only.
Worse has been results against teams such as Spurs (losing 3-0), West Brom (1-0), Sunderland (2-1) and Southampton (1-0).
Although, on the other hand, LVG has pulled off some stunning victories, such as the 3-2 win against Arsenal, and the 1-0 win in the Manchester Derby.
Should LVG be sacked after this season if United fail to make the Champions League?
Are United supporters’ standards and expectations too high as a result of Sir Alex? Is LVG the right fit for United, and just needs more time to gel and secure a spot in the top four?