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Ankur Thakur, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Ever since the current season of English Premier league began, Manchester United and its manager Louis Van Gaal have been topping the headlines of leading sport dailies all across the globe. Manchester United, the most popular club in the world with the highest fan base, have been in all sorts of disarray ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after managing United for 26 years.
The brand of football United have developed during the span of past two decades has been of “attack..attack..attack” as chanted by the Old Trafford loyals, but with new management and background staff, that image is slowly fading and the fans have started to lose their patience with the manager. It was more evident when Herbert Hainer, Adidas’ chief executive voiced his company’s concerns over the Red Devils’ recent performances. Last year, Adidas signed a bumper 13 year deal with Manchester United worth £750 M, hence a word of caution coming from its head does shake up the club hierarchy.
With each falling performance, the cries of sacking Van Gaal are growing louder among the fans. For the first time in 17 years, United endured a 6-game winless streak, a startling figure for a club of this stature, not to mention the forgettable December month of United’s history when only two points were taken including a group-stage ouster from the UEFA Champions league. In excess of $250 M have been spent on transfers and by now Van Gaal is expected to deliver the results, however the experimentation with player positions and strategies is still going on. United by far have managed only 27 goals in 21 premier league appearances and fans are finding it extremely hard to accept this boring brand of football by their favorite club.
If the goals still don’t come after so much of a cash being splashed, Van Gaal’s days as United’s manager will come to an end sooner than expected. Come this May Van Gaal still being the boss at Manchester United will be decided how exciting football his team plays along with the results. Till then, it’s all going boring at the present.