I know no United fan wants to remember Moyes let alone mention his name, but the truth is his failures will resonate to some degree into van Gaal's reign. The Dutchman will surely have plans to rebuild the squad but that job will pale in comparison to rebuilding the confidence and belief of the team. Ryan Giggs' short stint as manager showed some glimpses of what we have been spoilt with over the last quarter of a century but the inconsistent performances showed that the club has a long way to go before it can hit previous heights.
I am not prematurely writing of next season or forecasting a lack lustre summer transfer window, I have high hopes in van Gaal but I don't think its going to be as easy as flicking a switch. Sacking Moyes as many have rightly said didn't get rid of the problems at Old Trafford, there is a lot of dead weight in the current squad that needs to make way. In my opinion players like Cleverley, Young, Valencia, Buttner, Welbeck, Fletcher, Fellaini, Anderson, and Smalling shouldn't expect any sympathies from van Gaal because they haven't shown over the course of last season the quality and or consistency that is required of players who contend for honours.
United has had its under performers Kagawa, Evra and Carrick are much better players than what they have us last season. Evra is getting on in years but can be very efficient whan he wants to be. My issue with Carrick is that he has seemingly lost the ability to pick out runners ahead of him. His catalogue of passes in the 13/14 season have been either backward or sideways, he also lacked the ability to win ball and make challenges and that is worrying looking at the lack of quality on the market in his position and the prices that have been touted in the media for the kind of player we need to finally have a dominant midfield. Shinji Kagawa has been the worst of the lot of the under performers, he is a gifted player who possesses the abilities that should make him a staple in the United starting XI. At most times he seems to be on a different wavelength to the rest of the squad, he showed how good he can be when he and Mata dazzled Newcastle and that adds to the frustration.
So what next? Well its pretty obvious that a clear out is imminent, we should not be expecting fireworks in the transfer window, signings will be made but they will be a foundation for the rebuilding process. I also have hope that van Gaal will develop and incorporate young players like Nick Powell, Guillermo Varela, James Wilson, Tom Lawerance, Michael Keane, Andreas Pereira, Saidy Janko, Joe Rothwell, and Ben Pearson.