Louis van Gaal Decimates the Red Devils' Ranks
During the January transfer window, many teams were rushing to make moves to add to their squad or let go the players that wish to move on.
Manchester United had many rumors circulating concerning the possibility of adding a high profile defender to their ranks. Instead, much like the early story that was released on the 21st of January by the Daily Mail in regards to the mice infestation at Old Trafford, Louis Van Gaal can be more described as the “exterminator” much like Old Trafford’s pest control issue.
Van Gaal has seemed to purge much of his ranks of what many could of described as the “underachieving” players at Old Trafford.
The United supporters were skeptical to Louis’ reputation of “striping and building again” methods from his past. Before the end of September, United saw Shinji Kagawa return to Borussia Dortmund. Along with Kagawa’s exit, Danny Welbeck was also sold to Arsenal at the very end of the transfer deadline day.
The interesting thing these players all have in common is that all of them were part of the squad that capitulated to the club that many have criticized to be the “most hated club” in English Football, MK Dons.
Another well noted player to leave back at the start of United’s campaign was their Mexican forward, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Hernandez is currently on loan to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a season long loan deal that will give los Blancos the option to buy in the summer of 2015. Michael Keane was also loaned out during this first “decimation” made by Louis Van Gaal. Mike Keane was sent down to Burnley for a loan deal that was made permanent in January 8th, as Keane signed a three-year deal with the Clarets.
Stars were not exempt from Louis Van Gaal’s axe, neither the younger or veteran players of old. This January transfer season saw Darren Fletcher and Anderson move onto brighter pastures. The two both left on a free transfer, as Fletcher left for West Bromwich Albion and Anderson returned to Brazil to Internacional. Many more players also were sent packing too that we will not discuss such as Wilfried Zaha, Vermijl, Janko and Powell.
The purging at United have so many concerned for the future of the man can be arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League: David De Gea.
The Spanish keeper has been stellar for United this season, in fact, saving the Red Devils on several occasions despite their lack of defensive fortitude. De Gea’s contract is due to expire at the end of next season’s campaign. The young Spaniard is evidently holding all the cards in negotiating his future at United and rumors are true David will be among the top paid keepers in the world.
During the Roman Empire when a Roman general had to re-establish discipline among his troops, he had to perform an action known as “decimation.” The men of the Roman Legion would line up in front of their officers and every “tenth” man would be selected. His “comrades in arms” would then beat the selected man to death.
Perhaps Van Gaal isn’t actually decimating his side like the Romans used to in the early first and second century. But perhaps Van Gaal appears to be clearing up money in wages to better resign or sign new players in the upcoming future.