Manchester United: Old Trafford side will have number of managers in next 10 years

David Moyes needs time but Louis van Gaal is hard to ignore...

Last Updated: 17/04/14 11:30am

Rob Draper told the Sunday Supplement that David Moyes might not last long at Man United - but that rumoured target Louis van Gaal might suffer the same fate.

Pressure is mounting on Moyes with the Old Trafford side, a year after winning the Premier League, primed to miss out on Champions League football next term following an 18-season stint in the competition.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has reported that Red Devils officials met with Netherlands boss Van Gaal in the aftermath of the European defeat to Bayern Munich, a claim rejected by United.

Mail on Sunday writer Draper thinks the three-time European champions may be thinking of employing Van Gaal, who will leave his post with the Dutch national team after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But he says if the 62-year-old is appointed, he will only be at the helm for a few campaigns, as United begin to adopt the managerial policy seen at other top clubs.

"If Van Gaal is available, you would probably say: 'We tried with Moyes, but it didn't work' and go for Van Gaal," said Draper.

"Everyone says Van Gaal falls out with people every two years but I think the model of long-term management is dying and that over the next 10 years we will probably see three or four Man United managers.

"Moyes may get through the summer but it seems unlikely he will be there for two or three years and I suspect that when the next man comes in that will be seen as a two or three-year fix, too, as that's how most major clubs are run now."

"Van Gaal is in the elite group of coaches, so if you want him you have to strike."

Jason Burt

However, Jason Burt reckons United will persevere with Moyes, who penned a six-year deal when he replaced Ferguson last summer after spending over a decade in charge of Everton.


The Sunday Telegraph writer is backing the 50-year-old Scot to make a splash in the transfer market during the off-season, provided that he is given the funds by his employers.

But he admits that Van Gaal's CV - which includes winning the Eredivisie three times with Ajax and once with AZ Alkmaar, as well as league titles with Bayern Munich and Barcelona - makes him an attractive proposition.

"I am led to believe that Man United want to do it the United way and have continuity, not have a continual change of management," said Burt.

"You don't employ Moyes if you want a quick fix - he has got to get up to speed a bit quicker but it was always going to be a two-year project for him to turn it around.

"And United now need to go 'bang, bang, bang', in the summer transfer window as when Moyes did that one season at Everton and brought in Andy Johnson and Joleon Lescott they had a great season."

"Moyes has this reputation as 'Dithering Dave' but after not wanting to tear up a squad that had been crowned champions last year when it now appears he should have done, he has to hit the ground running and be given that chance.

"However, for all the planning you do, if Van Gaal, who is in the elite group of coaches, is who you want, you have to strike as you don't want him to walk into a rival club.

"He has a reputation for improving what he has already got player-wise and not going somewhere and saying: 'I want all these players', so you would be wrong to not consider him.

"But it would be with a heavy heart."