Louis van Gaal has been heavily criticised by large portions of the Manchester United fanbase, and footballing world at times this season, but he could still leave a long-lasting legacy, according to one of the greats of the game; Rio Ferdinand.
The former United defender was on TalkSPORT‘s radio show this morning, hailing the Iron Tulip for his commitment to persisting with young stars, before adding that he will leave the club in an excellent position. That fact was also backed up by one of his former players in Edgar Davids, Red City Official have quoted.
“LvG’s legacy if he’s going to have one when he leaves is the introduction of all these young boys, with Rashford leading the charge.” Rio Ferdinand began.
“Bringing in young players as LvG has & getting to the FA Cup final – that is a good part of his time & story at MUFC.”
“If LvG wins the FA Cup & Manchester United finish in the CL [qualification places] he could sit there & say that is progression.”
You can’t argue with him either. Louis van Gaal’s willingness to play the likes of Marcus Rashford, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and many others is a credit to just how much he trusts in young players, and this is something most managers wouldn’t dare attempt.
Louis van Gaal also bought Anthony Martial who is currently flying in the first-team, which is something else he deserves massive credit for.
Rio goes on to say that the Dutchman could well turn round to the board and say winning the FA Cup and finishing in the top four is progression, and he’s right, too. Sadly I don’t think it will be enough for him to keep his job however, with Jose Mourinho waiting in the wings.