Manchester United: Louis Van Gaal Pledges to be No. 1 in England

By Collin Ruby
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When Louis Van Gaal was introduced as the new Manchester United manger on a July 17, 2014 press conference, Van Gaal went on record saying it was his goal to be No. 1 in England. Van Gaal has had success with his previously managed clubs and has been on record saying that he has coached Ajax to the No. 1 team in the Netherlands and has coached Bayern Munich to become the No. 1 team in Germany. If I was an analyst, I would say Van Gaal has a knack for turning teams around and making each one of his teams the best in the league.

Manchester United and Ed Woodward have put their entire faith in Van Gaal to bring the team back from the depths. Not only does Woodward expect results from Van Gaal but the fans do as well. Woodward has been on record saying that money is not an issue when it comes to securing the top transfer targets. After signing Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, Van Gaal and Manchester United have shifted their sights on Juventus midfielder, Arturo Vidal, and Everton midfielder James McCarthy. No matter what it takes, Van Gaal will need to make Manchester United a top-four team for Van Gaal to stay at Old Trafford.

Woodward and Van Gaal are willing to invest whatever it takes into top-flight targets and there is no set budget for the squad. I wonder how great it must feel to have that kind of support and backing in the first year of coaching. Compared to last year, I don’t believe Woodward and Manchester United had complete faith in former manager David Moyes from the beginning. The type of security that Woodward is providing Van Gaal will ensure that Van Gaal is meeting the objective.

Collin Ruby is a Soccer Writer for, “Follow” him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby and “Like” him on Facebook

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