Louis van Gaal's failure to land key targets at Manchester United could create fan unrest: Report

Louis van Gaal may be a powerful figure with astute honesty, oration skills and sense of humour and charismatic off the field too for fans, but his decisions so far hasn't quite convinced the fan base.

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015, 15:37 PM IST
Louis van Gaal's failure to land key targets at Manchester United could create fan unrest: Report

New Delhi: Louis van Gaal may be a powerful figure with astute honesty, oration skills and sense of humour and charismatic off the field too for fans, but his decisions so far hasn't quite convinced the fan base.

According to a report in the Manchester Evening News, the lack of strengthening in key positions is concerning for the club faithful. Fans are crying out for a commanding centre-back and a proven leader to be bought in order to provide much needed assuredness to a young, vulnerable and injury-prone back-line.

The decision to put Daley Blind as the central defender has baffled fans.

Last season, according to reports, Manchester United defence made 27 defensive errors, the second worst in the league; this damning statistic has gone largely unnoticed thanks to the heroics of David De Gea as only two errors were left paid.

Although reports suggest Van Gaal doesn’t want defensive reinforcements, turning a blind eye to this glaring issue, which could inhibit a genuine title challenge, would make fans question the bullheadedness of the Dutchman.

With the exits of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, there is an immense burden on Wayne Rooney’s shoulders to score goals aplenty this season something which he has failed to do in four years. With only Javier Hernandez or James Wilson on the sidelines, another high quality striker is essential to share the goalscoring workload.

A lack of a striker has created anxiety amongst fans but Van Gaal has assured he isn't looking for any forward as he trusts his options.

Moreover the sale of Angel di Maria just after a year to Paris Saint-Germain, and the ongoing transfer saga regarding David de Gea with the fall-out against Victor Valdes has created doubts in the mind of fans.

Moreover Van Gaal seems reluctant to use his proposed 4-3-3 formation which was seen being used after an hour mark in both games against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. United fans want that domination in midfield and are keen to know why is Van Gaal not focusing using the 4-3-3 given the success it has given him rather than alternatives.