If football existed in a perfect world, it would be a lot different.
Clubs wouldn't need to spend millions on players because the academy would provide an endless supply of talent born just spitting distance from the stadium.
And the manager would always be a famous former player, a club legend, surrounded by coaches who, conveniently, were also former players and club legends.
There wouldn't be any diving, either. Or that brandishing of an imaginary card that players use in an attempt to get opponents booked or sent off.
But football isn't perfect.
Next season, there will be diving, play-acting and imaginary yellow cards. Managers will be sacked and youth team players will be ignored in favour of expensive, foreign signings.
The imperfection extends to Manchester United.
Many fans would have liked to see Ryan Giggs, the record appearance holder and most decorated player, become manager when David Moyes was sacked.
It's the romance of it that makes it appealing. But, in reality, Giggs wasn't qualified. Romance doesn't win you games.
Louis van Gaal, with experience at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is more suitable. It's why he got the job. Giggs might be ready one day. But not now.
And what about the rest of the Class of '92?
Again, it would be ideal if there was a place for them all in the new management structure. Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes have been at the club since they were kids.
And there's a stirring desire among many fans to see them all given prominent roles around Van Gaal. But it doesn't always work like that.
There's danger in thrusting backroom staff on a new manager.
Incoming managers always fight hard to bring their own coaches with them. In a new environment, they have a natural instinct to surround themselves with people they know and trust.
Van Gaal has brought in goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek and opposition scout Marcel Bout. From the Premier League to League Two, it's the same.
Van Gaal already has to build a working relationship with Giggs from scratch when he finally arrives at Carrington. To attempt to do the same with Scholes, Neville and Butt would be a lot to take on in what is a crucial first summer.
Of course, United will want to keep their combined experience inside the walls at Old Trafford. That's natural, too. And if their expertise can be put to good use in the academy then all the better.
But it's Van Gaal who has been charged with bringing success back to Old Trafford. And it's important he's given every advantage in his bid to do that.
If that means bringing in his own coaches at the expense of Scholes, Butt and Neville, then—unfortunately for the romantics—so be it.
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