Louis Van Gaal has ripped open Manchester United’s midfield and revolutionised United’s much publicised problematic midfield area. United have arguably been looking for the heirs to Roy Keane and Paul Scholes’s thrones for numerous years. Unlike Sir Alex Ferguson in his latter days at Old Trafford, Van Gaal has been cynical and ruthless in letting players leave that don’t fit into his much deliberated philosophy.
During the Dutchman’s brief start to life in Manchester, United’s midfield has endured a major overhaul with the likes of Fletcher, Anderson, Nani and Cleverley all being allowed to move on and replaced with household names. United’s new look midfield now possesses names such as Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Depay and Di Maria. United now retain a wealth of options and talent within their midfield ranks. In recent years United’s midfield has been bullied and on numerous occasions lacked fight and an orchestra.
Van Gaal arguably resolved United’s midfield quandary with two eye-catching signings on Monday just before the club left for its pre-season tour of the United States. The signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger will captivate the imagination of the United faithful and will continue to make United fans believe that Louis Van Gaal is taking the club back to where they belong.
The Red Devils capitulation when Michael Carrick was absent was glaringly evident on numerous occasions last season. The double signing of midfield generals Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger will ensure that United’s reliance on Carrick will be no more. After a troublesome year with injuries and now 33 years old, Carrick will be carefully managed and the burden on his shoulders will be significantly lightened.
Van Gaal is delighted to have captured the legendary German – Schweinsteiger will be reunited with Van Gaal and the former Bayern man insisted that United were the only team he wanted, “Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for. I feel ready for this new and exciting challenge in what I regard as the most competitive league in the world and I am looking forward to working with Louis Van Gaal again”. Schweinsteiger will inject a winning mentality into United’s dressing room as the charismatic German has seen it all and won it all. The lure of Manchester United proved too irresistible for the Bavarian. Schweinsteiger’s wealth of Champions League experience and success will radiate confidence within United’s ranks.
United’s other marvel midfield signing Morgan Schneiderlin will look to end United’s everlasting search for a midfield anchor man. At the age of 25, the Frenchman’s stock has continued to elevate with every passing year at Southampton. Schneiderlin became an imperative part of Southampton’s rise after being signed from French side Strasbourg in 2008. Schneiderlin became a focal point of a Saints side languishing in League One. After numerous years in English football, Schneiderlin has become one of the league’s leading anchor men. Just like Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin revealed his delight in joining Manchester United and potentially realising his Champions League dream, “I am delighted to be a Manchester United player. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make”. The former Saints man will inject some much needed physical presence to United’s midfield. The Frenchman’s robust nature and ability to read the game will give United’s backline the perfect screen.
With a tricky play-off tie being United’s only remaining barrier to ending a one year exile from Champions League football, Van Gaal has arguably manufactured a midfield that could challenge on all fronts in the upcoming season. Ed Woodward and Van Gaal have gone about their business very shrewdly this summer and after enduring a frustrating couple of trophy-less seasons, the United fans will believe that they are better equipped to launch an assault for major honours.