Premier League campaign has been full of thrills and spills, and overall—predictably unpredictable so far. Such engrossing action has meant that watching the English top flight clubs has the youths out here, in Nepal, on the edge.
The Premier League, over the years, has not merely been a source of entertainment for Nepalis—it has become bit of a religion: it has turned many into diehard fans who take their team’s defeat and victory to heart.
As a big fan as well as an armchair critic myself, here are my observations into the Premier League season so far.
Van Gaal looking as clueless as Moyes
There was a huge sense of optimism surrounding Manchester United when news broke out that Louis van Gaal would be taking over the reins at the club following the horrendous season under David Moyes.
No sooner had he been appointed, that ‘King Louis’ was hastily heralded as the man who would immediately restore the fallen giants to the pinnacle of English football. Although such claims border lined on arrogance, United fans had every right to feel optimistic due to van Gaal’s pedigree as a manager.
Ever since day one of his arrival, van Gaal was put on a pedestal by the fans and was hailed as being so much better than the hapless Moyes, because the Dutchman spoke with conviction effused tremendous self-belief and went about things with a certain degree of bullishness at Old Trafford.
But three months in, van Gaal is starting to look as clueless as his beleaguered predecessor. Despite spending a whopping £150million in the transfer market over the summer, United embarrassingly find themselves languishing in 10th position, with only 13 points on the board from a possible 30.
The Red Devils are going through their worst start in the Premier League era at the moment and curiously enough, van Gaal’s current crop are five points worse off than Moyes’ United side were at the same point in time last season. It’s shocking performance, really, especially since the Dutchman has spent over £100million more than Moyes did and has been handed a much easier fixture list.
Therefore, it goes without saying that van Gaal has simply flattered to deceive and the aura that surrounded him when he arrived is slowly starting to fade. From his experiment with the 5-3-2 system to his decision not to purchase a top-class defender to deal with the loss of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, some of van Gaal’s decisions in his United tenure so far have been downright idiotic.
Admittedly, it does take time to implement a philosophy on a football team and one could argue that United’s performances have been so much better this season. However, considering the fact that van Gaal splurged such obscene amounts of money in the summer, slightly improved performances are the bare minimum one would expect. – Sarad Bade Shrestha. Read More…