Louis van Gaal is a enigma, although he certainly wouldn’t like the characterisation. After all, almost a season after taking the job at Manchester United, supporters are still debating the nature of Van Gaal’s much-discussed ‘philosophy.’ Some might say that we are little closer to a true definition.
It is at one both fast-paced total football and attritional hoof-ball; the use of both width and narrow formations. It is a rapid transition and a laboured approach. It is a left-footer on the left and a right-footer on the right. It is players lacking match-fitness appearing for the stiffs. It is a goalkeeper using his feet and midfielder running less, not more. It is 4-4-2, 3-5-2, 4-3-3 and everything in between. It is whatever the trainer-coach enacts this week.
Yet, after two victories against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, and two far superior performances, there seems a clearer path forward. To a definition of a United side that excites supporters once again after more than 18 months of anything but. Is this the philosophy that we’ve been waiting for?