Even though only two years ago this Manchester United side were Premier League champions, the squad needs to be chopped and changed and van Gaal ready to swing the axe.
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Louis van Gaal is set to take the Premier League by storm, with his attractive playing style and his authoritarian approach to management, but first his squad needs an overhaul.
When you think of Manchester United winger Nani there is probably not much positivity that comes to mind. With all the hype and build up that came with his signing many moons ago - he was meant to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo, wasn't he? - it now seems that his tenure at Manchester United could be over. The Expressare reporting that he may be used as a makeweight for Sporting midfield William Carvalho, which in my eyes is a perfect deal.
When David Moyes arrived at Manchester United in the summer one of the first things he did was extend the contract of Portugal international Nani. The move meant that United fans expected the winger to be heavily involved in the upcoming season, but with the introduction of Adnan Januzaj has seen Nani somewhat excluded. It now seems as though he will be leaving the club this month, either on loan or on a permanent deal, with either Fulhamor Sporting Lisbon a potential suitor.
But what will they be getting?
There it is then. The unthinkable has actually happened and come july 1st 2013, Manchester United will have a new manager at the helm. A certain Glaswegian who has made a name for himself at Everton, who on a shoestring budget has wheeled and dealt his way to making a consistent side that over the years, has steadily enhanced its reputation.
At the start of the 2012/13 season teams and players begin with hope and expectations and I thought it would be interesting to review the players who least met expectations this season.
One recurring theme over the last couple of seasons has been Nani’s future. Has the Portuguese winger done enough to warrant staying at Manchester United? Has he reached his peak? Has Sir Alex Ferguson got any patience left for him?
This season Manchester United have proved several things.
The first thing is that you need top class cover in every single position to win the league, and we have it.
Nani- the 26-year-old who has never quite lived up to his promise. Dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo when arrived at Old Trafford, the Portuguese winger has had a mixed six years at the club.
One more victory, one more precious three points, and what has seemed inevitable for weeks will become a reality. Manchester United have claimed the 20th top division crown, which has now given the club a two title lead over great rivals Liverpool.
And Manchester City may well return with a strong assault next season, but the hinted power shift from red to blue appears once again premature.
Last Tuesday night I witnessed one of the best games I have ever seen in European Football as we were 1-0 up against Real Madrid, the 9 times winners of this illustrious competition and leading 2-1 on aggregate.
We were really in the ascendancy to push on and increase our lead to spearhead our charge of getting into the last eight of Europe's elite club competition.
Now, where do I start? What should have been a memorable night for the fantastic football on show, two European giants at the top of their game, will be ultimately remembered for a flick of the boot and a flash of red.