What has happened at Manchester United?
This season Louis van Gaal has been sacked multiple times by the media, and their top four chances have been written off just weeks ago, and yet, this Sunday, it’s starting to look possible that Man United may finish in the top four, they may win at least one trophy, and it’s possible they win two pieces of silverware.
The turnaround of fortunes has been unexpected and dramatic, and Jonathon Northcroft today assesses how the upturn could impact Jose Mourinho.
The Special One had been tipped to take over from Van Gaal this summer, but now things are looking different. As reported:
It has been a season of the unexpected. Is another left-field development under way? Overnight, Louis van Gaal does not look so much a dead man walking: could his lads prolong his shelf life another season?
Consider the scenario: riding their wave, Rashford and Co win a few more games, senior players return, feel-good energy and competition for places push United to finish 2015-16 well. They beat Liverpool in the Europa League, and West Ham in the FA Cup to reach Wembley. They even catch one of the faltering top-four sides in the league.
Not so improbable. And because youth puts a new complexion on everything, Ed Woodward feels vindicated in his backing of the Van Gaal-Ryan Giggs ticket.