Mourinho or not - Manchester United aren't champions quality
As the campaign has progressed, United have been kicked out of the Champions League group stage, dropped out of the top four in the league and played a lot of tedious football.
The result? Fans have become restless, calling for the sacking of Van Gaal and the appointment of former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
After reports this week that Mourinho has already agreed to take over as United manager at the end of the season, I ask the question:
Would Manchester United suddenly become likely champions as everyone seems to be suggesting?
If you look at this season's performances, results and statistics - it is no secret that Van Gaal's ideologies and philosophy continues to be unsuccessful in England.
Until the 3-0 victory to Stoke City last week, the Red Devil's had endured ten consecutive home-ties in which the half time score was 0-0, with the 11th being a 0-1.
This is down to a purely negative-thinking style of football inspired by the Dutch boss, focusing too much on possession and not allowing Manchester United to play like... Manchester United.
So in my eyes, a change of manager is needed.
However, that is not the solution to all the problems - and nor will it make Manchester United instant title contenders.
First of all, whether the club appoints Mourinho, Giggs or sticks with Van Gaal - the squad at their disposal is nothing more than 'above-average'.
All you have to do is look at the other clubs' squads to see United's mediocrity.
Manchester City have Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Nicolas Otamendi - and will only improve when Guardiola takes over as boss and brings in some new recruits.
Arsenal - Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Petr Cech.
You get the picture.
Wayne Rooney is far past his best, players like Memphis Depay have failed to show any of the talent on show at their previous clubs, and while the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera are doing a job, they're not exactly world-beaters.
Away from the pitch, things aren't exactly looking solid either.
Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, appears more interested in commercial and business deals than in running an actual football club.
The physio, training methods and possibly extensive training has been a problem ever since Alex Ferguson's departure from the club, as United have seen a tremendous rise in amounts of injuries throughout the entire season.
So what would Jose Mourinho bring to the table?
Confidence. Winning mentality. Passion.
Like him or loathe him, the Portuguese manager has the lot. Second to Pep Guardiola, it has to be said that he is up there with the best in the world, despite his shocking final season at Chelsea.
He would bring some stability for a few years, possibly some silverware and most importantly - some new talent.
And let's not forget, he's probably the only realistic option right now with Guardiola, Ancelotti, Klopp and most-likely Allegri all taken in the summer.
Many say Ryan Giggs has what it takes for the job despite having zero managerial experience and only two-three years in an assistant role.
Do we not remember that David Moyes experiment?
My point is, Van Gaal will be replaced (most likely) by Mourinho at the end of the season, and it will be a step in the right direction...
But do not expect an instant title challenge.
Manchester United needs at least two years of strengthening in the transfer window and learning a new style of play under a more positive-thinking and determined manager.
It needs a rethink of how the club is run from the top management positions, putting football before commerce where needs be.
I do not think it will take five-ten years to rebuild. Look at Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool - he's on target for a full rebuild over the next two years, back to challenging with the big guns of the English league.
Give it two or three years and Manchester United will be back up there.