Following Manchester United’s 3-2 win over title chasing Arsenal yesterday afternoon at Old Trafford we are beginning to wonder if manager Louis van Gaal cannot pull a rabbit out of a hat and somehow turn around his fortunes at the Theatre of Dreams.
Yesterday’s win made it three games in a row for the embattled Dutchman who was forced to select from the clubs academy graduates rather than his expensive signings thanks to a squad depleted by injuries and it paid off with 18-year-old Marcus Rashford fining himself in the right place to score two wonderful goals in his Premier League debut.
Sadly for van Gaal we think that the damage has already been done and that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already been promised England’s top gig come the summer.
Yesterday with everyone including most Manchester United fans expecting their team to lose to the high-flying Gunners the team for once at least this season put in the kind of attacking performance that Red devils fans pay to see and not the bored possession based game that LVG was trying to brainwash the team into playing.
Add to this the 64-year-Olds behaviour when he for once actually got up off his seat to go to the touchline and berate fourth official Mike Dean after being frustrated by the referee’s decision following Aaron Ramsey’s reaction to a challenge from Ander Herrera.
LVG imitating Herrera through himself to the ground as if he was on the end of Ramsey’s push to prove his point, something in a million years you could never imagine Arsene Wenger doing.
Just this one bit of passion proved that van Gaal is human after all, and if perhaps he had taken this kind of approach when he first came to United he would still be in a job next season rather than retiring a year early.