If Jose Mourinho is the “special one” and Moyes the former “chosen one”, it seems Louis Van Gaal is well on his way to becoming the “right one” for Manchester United.
Although yet to set foot into Carrington or Old Trafford as manager, he has already helped secure the singing of midfielder Andres Herrera and left back Luke Shaw in decisive, long-term deals.
Upon joining, Herrera marked Van Gaal out as a key contributing factor, stating he “can’t wait” to play for the new boss, who he expects to “learn a lot” from.
These comments bare stark contrast to last summer, when freshly appointed Moyes and transfer honcho Ed Woodward took up their roles. A myriad of targets, from Cesc Fabregas to Thiago Alcantara spurned United’s advances, ill at ease with the new regime. This led to the desperate last minute signing of Marouane Fellaini, a player Moyes knew well from his time at Everton.
The move suited both parties at the time, but ultimately came to signify the mediocrity of the regime.
Clearly Louis Van Gaal has the pedigree both were lacking, exuding confidence and experience both internationally and across European club football.
In the current climate money lust may seem to rule, but the top players are driven by a desire to win trophies. Last summer, Manchester United was a great name facing an uncertain future. Now the game’s stars see a bright future, red as much as orange with the Dutchman at the helm.
However, for all the big names who may flock United’s way – especially if Holland progress further in the World Cup under Van Gaal – it will do little to enhance the club’s ties to its youth system.
Today those inside Old Trafford who still believe you can win things with kids look to buy rather than blood in Mancunian youngsters.
A potential problem with Van Gaal as he looks to craft a vision for immediate success, will be keeping the balance between building a team of the best, without forgetting Manchester’s own.