If LVG is gonna play 3-4-1-2 with his current team, he's gonna be in serious trouble against a counter attacking team. For once this also means that unlike Moyes or Fergie, ManU can possibly beat a defensive minded team like Chelsea with total offence, but severely susceptible to loosing to lower end teams.
Rafael and Luke Shaw would be glad to play in 3-4-3, but fellani and Herrera midfield will struggle with neither able to carry the ball through crowded midfields and depend upon wingbacks to get the ball forward. Mata would soon find himself unable to receive a ball against teams with good defensive midfielder. And there they'll fail coz while Shaw and Rafael can get the ball to the wings, they'll struggle to get the ball anywhere but close to posts and the AM would soon have to run incessantly with no significant impact on productivity. So cue departure of kagawa by next January. Again, once Carrick returns fellaini would be left out. And there, unless the ability Carrick showed two seasons back is shown instead of last season's poorer performance, the midfield will be totally dead.
And from there a good counter attacking team could snatch the ball for quick free goals. Then there's the spearhead, Rvp. Apart from that gravity denying header, he has been pretty much useless in the whole WC, if you ask me. The best football came when he was subbed out. And apart from taking cool headed penalties, which also means it's not the pressure that's the problem, Rvp is Rip. Obviously if anyone can undo what playing poor football for a year and injuries did to a Dutch player, it's gotta be LVG, so fingers crossed on that one.
Then there's the backup. Welbeck is not known for playing well in two consecutive games, and the way things are going, they're to gonna loose their best striker after Rooney, in chicharito by not giving him enough play time.
And above all, while it might look like manu has made early purchases, that's not the case. David Moyes had bid on Herrera, Luke Shaw, and Fabregas, last season. But thanks to upper cabinet members, Woodward among them, who obviously didn't try hard enough to get them, ManU got the players at very high prices and lost one of them to rival, in Chelsea getting Cesc. This directly resulted in the poor performance which is pointed to Moyes sadly despite what he has managed to do with the kind of squad he had.
By the time Van Gaal determine the squad and decide who to get, and actually get the players, it'd be too late to actually gel the team together, causing poor momentum in early games. Of course that wouldn't really be helped by having to fly around thousands of miles in preseason games, which are forced on them to keep the revenue they are loosing out by not playing in Europe.
So the result of poor decisions by behind the scene players like Woodward, they had whatever last season was. And now the symptom has been treated by firing and appointing managers, but the cause remains where they are.
By the time they figure it out and Woodward goes southwards, manu will be left with a few more sad memories to forget.
If anyone can keep the politics out and make sure the best team is out on the field, and not kept in bench, and make fast decisions in transfer market soon enough, it's LVG and then they just might have a good chance, to finish in top 4 and play in Europe atleast two seasons from now.
but the way things are, they're gonna win 7-0 or loose 7-0, which is pretty much the same as things were when SAF left it, 5-5 in West Brom in his last match.#manu #lvg #rvp #saf #epl #soccer #chelsea