Louis van Gaal is a man who does not condone mediocrity, and even at the clubs where he had worked before his switch to Old Trafford, he had perfected a philosophy of having the best and brushing up the upcoming ones. On his arrival at his new job post, things were in utter disarray. The club had recently finished in an agonizing 7th place on the league table. The fans were anxious and the management confused, but the guys who were saddled with the duty of hiring the next manager moved in the right direction when they closed in on the Dutchman. At the time when he agreed to the switch, he was still in charge of the Dutch national team but that didn’t matter as he had his scouts and assistants at Manchester making the preparations for the new season.
He made no mistakes with his signings at least for a club that couldn’t offer Champions League football, hiring Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind wasn’t too bad. Louis van Gaal also made some trimmings of the squad he met particularly in the striking position. He was quick to assess and conclude on Danny Welbeck who has since joined Arsenal, but he seemed to have rated Javier Hernandez quite higher than the Englishman as he only sanctioned a loan deal to Madrid to still keep the Mexican under his watch. To bolster his striking option, the manager then paid £6m to conclude a season long loan deal with French outfit AS Monaco for Radamel Falcao’s services, and then he relaxed hoping for an explosive season.
Unfortunately, things haven’t been going as expected, and this is not that his new signings are not up to standard but the fact that most of his squad members have been battling with various injury scares. Falcao in particular has come under heavy criticisms for been unavailable for most of the crunchy ties that the club has played this season and many pundits seem to believe that the manager had let Welbeck and Hernández leave too soon. The Colombian striker is yet to play a complete game for his new club and although he has shown the hunger and poise that the team actually needs at the moment, his ephemeral form has been hampering his chances.
It would be understandable if it was any other of the summer arrivals since they are already in for a long haul but for Falcao who is hoping to get a permanent deal, a goal from 5 cameo appearances isn’t going to cut him a £80m (wages inclusive) deal. in some quarters, it is widely reported that the Colombian is still suffering from the knee injury that side-line him for most part of the last season and subsequently the World Cup but the has rebuffed such claims while declaring himself fit for action, his father has also stated that his son has been recovering quite steadily and has been having private training sessions but the fans are growing impatient. They need results not some fitness statistics on paper. If ‘El Tigre’ wants a new deal, he needs to step it up soon especially now that Robin van Persie’s frustrating displays is wearing the club down.