I know I said here last week that United would be back in the top four this season and I am going to stick by this as I think Van Gaal will get it right.
At the same time however, there is no denying the fact that he has a massive job on his hands.
In my view he needs two top quality centre halves as the jury is most certainly still out with Smalling, Jones and Evans.
Having watched them against Swansea last weekend, one of the most telling points for me was the lack of pace in the team going forward.
Rooney, Mata and Hernandez are all class players but none of them are able to run in behind so Swansea were able to play a high line and looked very comfortable defending.
They more or less said to United, look you can have the ball in your own half but as soon as you come into our half we know that you don’t have the pace to get in behind us.
Even with Van Persie to come back, he is another who lacks the pace to run in behind and teams will be delighted to continue to play a high line against them.
Gone are the days of Giggs, Ronaldo, Yorke, Cole and even Scholes coming from deep to run in behind defences.
Alex Ferguson built all those successful sides on pace both in the wide positions and through the middle and at the minute United simply don’t have this.
The only player they have with the ability to strecth defences is Welbeck who I don’t think is good enough technically.
What Van Gaal would do for a Ronaldo, Bale or even his own compatriot Robben although with Ed Woodward in charge it looks very doubtful that United will be able to even contemplate going all out for a superstar as Woodward looks clueless in the transfer market.
Remember Fellaini last year; need I say any more?
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