Rio Ferdinand believes Louis van Gaal has a great argument to put forward if he wants to keep his job at Manchester United this summer.
The Dutchman’s future at Old Trafford has come under heavy speculation with Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho being linked heavily with the job. United have failed to challenge for a title since van Gaal replaced David Moyes in 2014 and he’s struggled to keep fans on his side with his ‘dull play style’ being heavily criticised this campaign.
Speaking about the Dutchman, Rio feels Man United’s performance against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final will give van Gaal hope of keeping his job.
He said: “Bringing in young players as van Gaal has and getting them to the FA Cup final – that is a good part of his time
“Speaking to people at Manchester United in and around the ground and supporters around the country, they are not playing the type of football they are accustomed to seeing at Manchester United. They want to see football that is respectful of their history of the club. It has been a lot of sideways, sideways football.
“But I watched the game at the weekend and if that is a sign of things to come, then Louis van Gaal has got a great argument to put forward.
“This season has been a bit doom and gloom for Manchester United with the way they have played but Louis van Gaal‘s legacy if he is going to have one when he leaves is the introduction of all these young boys, with Rashford leading the charge.
“It has been great for football and it will be nice for managers around the country to take heed of that. Bringing in young players as he has and getting to the FA Cup final – albeit they are not doing too well in the league – that is a good part of his time and story at Manchester United.”
While the majority of football under van Gaal has been awful to watch, he’s done extremely well at guiding youngsters into the senior side. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu Mensah and Jesse Lingard have flourished after they were handed the opportunity in the first-team by van Gaal. For all his faults as a manager, that’s one real positive he can take away from his time at the club.
His tactics have divided the opinions of fans and the FA Cup shouldn’t paper over the cracks. For me, he should still definitely leave at the end of the season but he does deserve credit for bringing through plenty of young players during his time in charge as Rio rightly points out.