Gary Neville has admitted he is slightly concerned about various aspects of Louis van Gaal’s management. United take on Liverpool today in what is a huge match for both sides, but Van Gaal’s antics over the last few weeks has raised eyebrows. The former United defender and current Sky Sports pundit pointed to the “lack or order” at the club, the fall outs with recent signings and the “fear of capital punishment” that he feels is inhibiting United’s players in his Daily Telegraph column.
“I’ve always maintained that Manchester United should give their managers a minimum of two to two-and-a-half years, however messy things get,” said Neville.
“My support for Louis van Gaal is unchanged but there are red flags on some of the things we’ve seen at the club.
“He is at the point where he has to start delivering the performances that go with the fantastic amount of money he has been given and the incredible support from the fans.
“If he were playing the football he’s playing and getting the results he’s getting, having spent the money he’s spent, at Bayern Munich or Barcelona, he would be in significant trouble.
“It was a bit like this at United during my childhood. The lack of order, the carousel. Maybe what I remember from my boyhood years is actually the norm and what we had under Sir Alex was freakish.”
“United are certainly starting to do things that we scoffed at in the Ferguson era when other clubs behaved that way,” added Neville. “That’s where my conflict is.”
“I have real concerns that Louis van Gaal has fallen out with numerous players over the last year. Some of those players he actually brought in himself.
“It hardly bodes well when players are brought through the door by a manager who then discards or marginalises them.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]
Strong words from Neville, but is he right in what he says?