The mindset of Manchester United fans has been a running joke ever since the Premier League era began.
Admittedly, the label of the Red Devil’s as being the team for glory supporters was spawned mostly from a bitter envy of Alex Ferguson’s successes at Old Trafford. But ironically, now that success has departed from the red side of Manchester, modern Manchester United are now fulfilling their stereotype better than ever.
United won six Premier League titles in Alex Ferguson’s final nine seasons in charge of the club, but have since struggled greatly.
Now with the flamboyant Dutchman Louis Van Gaal at the helm, United ended their final Premier League game of the season with a 3-1 win over Premier League minnows Bournemouth, ultimately failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Speaking after the game, Van Gaal was booed by a section of the home support after he suggested that aiming for the title this season was never a realistic target:
“Of course, because I’ve said the expectation is very high – the fans are expecting a lot, but I think these expectations are much too high,
“We are a team in transition, as I said when I started here at Manchester United, but maybe I need to bring over the message much clearer than I’ve done.”
Louis Van Gaal
Do Manchester United Fans Expect Too Much From Their Team?
Obviously! They’re a Europa League side at best!
It’s a crime if United aren’t challenging for the title.
Do Manchester United Fan’s Set Their Expectations Too High?
After the mounting pressure from the United fan’s proved too heavy for the board members and shareholders to ignore, David Moyes was abruptly sacked in April 2014 after a torturous campaign.
Torturous for United fans, that is. Everyone else was relishing in it.
In came Louis Van Gaal, a man with proven European and International pedigree and once again United fans began to dream of the league and cup successes they so desperately craved, even though Marouane Fellaini was still the best performing player in the side.
This season, Manchester United fans demonstrated just how delusional they are in their expectations.
All Manchester United fans are in consensus that it’s been a disappointing year for the Red Devils… although when any outsider who looks at the Premier League table will be hard-pressed to see why that is.
United might not be playing the entertaining, attacking football that they once were under Sir Alex Ferguson, but they’re odds on to lift the F.A Cup and have secured European football (of sorts) for next season. What more could United fans really want? To win the league? Qualify for the Champions League so they can get knocked out in the groups?
Louis Van Gaal didn’t quite turn out to be the master tactician that many United fans expected him to be. Based on what their mate ‘Deano’ – who knows loads about Dutch football – said down the pub one time, Van Gaal would get United to play the free-flowing attacking football that Old Trafford depended on.
Long story short, Manchester United have played out some of the most boring matches the Premier League has ever seen this season, but anyone who knew the first thing about Van Gaal’s defensive style of play could have told you that would happen.
Naturally, it didn’t take long before United’s glory-hunting supporters began to lose patience – about 3 months into the 2015/2016 season in fact.
All it takes is a few poor results and Old Trafford is a chorus of boos. It’s difficult to comprehend the thought process of the Manchester United fan. They’re so conditioned to success under Sir Alex Ferguson that they honestly look at their side with Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo in it and expect to win trophies. It’s quite remarkable.
Van Gaal has endured such a laughable rollercoaster this campaign that you can completely understand his frustrated comments in his end of the season speech. What’s worse, after Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea for taking Premier League champions to 15th in the league, United fans somehow felt that The Special One’s form made him their new chosen one.
Speculation around Louis Van Gaal’s future reached a point of frenzied rumours as supporters started counting the days till the Dutchman would be potentially be out of the picture.
And then Marcus Rashford happened.
It’s almost like someone flicked a switch in Manchester. Two good results coupled with an 18-year old goalscorer and suddenly everybody temporarily loved Van Gaal again. We’re playing to quite the fickle crowd here.
The Stretford End was once again boasting that they were ‘Louis Van Gaal’s Barmy Army’ and cheering raucously as the eccentric Dutch coach took a dive in the technical area. Less than a fortnight before, they were calling him ‘fucking shit’ as they went down to weak Danish opposition and demanding that he resign.
An Army, barmy or otherwise, is nothing without loyalty – an attribute that Manchester United fans seem to lack in abundance. It’s only a matter of time before Manchester United’s fortunes swing again and they’ll be singing Van Gaal’s name from the rooftops after their club is engraved onto the F.A Cup once more.
Then again, you could put money on #VanGaalOut trending again if United suffer a defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace…