Darren Foreman: Van Gaal has the nous to turn United’s fortunes around

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal

Manchester United finally confirmed Louis van Gaal as their new manager this week.

Van Gaal has an excellent track record and his CV is very impressive.

He is definitely the man for the job. They needed a big name, a big ego and a personality to take on the job of turning the club around, and he fits the bill.

He is famous for the incident at Bayern Munich when he dropped his trousers in front of the whole squad, insisting his had the ‘minerals’ to drop any of the big names who weren’t performing.

They will buy big in the summer and I’m backing them to challenge for the title next year.

It is a difficult time to be a Southampton fan at the moment with rumours of both our manager and a few of our better players leaving St Mary’s.

I think most of the upheaval will depend on whether Mauricio Pochettino leaves or not.

If he stays, I can’t see all our big names leaving.

It is rumoured that Pochettino is heading to Spurs, but I can’t see that coming off with Frank de Boer in the mix.

Luke Shaw is the most likely to leave out of our big names linked with big-money moves away from the south coast.

Adam Lallana (pictured) is club captain, he’s been with the club since he was 12-years-old and he’s just got married too.

It would be a big upheaval on his young family to move to Liverpool for example.

Still, time will tell. We’re used to the uncertainty by now at Southampton.

It was very strange to see Atletico Madrid win the La Liga at the Nou Camp, but not be able to lift the silverware after the game.

The top man of Spanish football, Angel Maria Villar, was ‘travelling’, so Diego Simeone and his side will have to wait until the start of next season to get their hands on their first league trophy in 18 years.

They only had 450 fans, what a farce.

I had the pleasure of watching sports editor Andy Bloomfield in action for Ravenscar 2nds against Cayton 3rds last week.

Safe to say he needs to either work on his forward defensive, or buy a bigger bat.

Better luck next time Andy.

Performance of the Week:

Miguel Angel Jiminez became the first golfer over 50 to win on the European Tour.

Quote of the Week:

“He was one of the best slip fielders I ever saw.”

Dickie Bird on Philip Sharpe, who passed away this week aged 77.