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8 Questions Manchester United Fans Would Love to Ask Louis Van Gaal

Scott RomFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2014

8 Questions Manchester United Fans Would Love to Ask Louis Van Gaal

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    The start of Louis van Gaal's time at Manchester United hasn't quite gone to plan. While United failed to win either of their opening three games in several title winning seasons, namely 1992-93 and 2007-08, the performances against Swansea, Sunderland and Burnley have left the fans underwhelmed.

    Though most supporters seem to be behind the manager, recognising he is far better qualified and worthy of giving more time than David Moyes, there are still plenty of questions the fans would like to know the answer to.

Why Did You Make Rooney Captain?

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    Wayne Rooney was the obvious candidate for captaincy when David Moyes was the manager. In an interview with Matt Lawton for the Mail on Sunday, Moyes confirmed this would have been the case.

    Wayne would have become captain under me. Because of where he’s at now as a player. He’s very experienced now. Not a lot fazes him. I think he might need that responsibility now. Certainly for the next part of his career. Wayne worked as hard as anyone last year. He got himself in great condition, he worked great for me and he was great for the team.

    While some supporters have forgiven Rooney his past indiscretions, others have struggled to forget his desire to leave the club in 2010 and 2013. On each occasion he was convinced to stay with a new contract after the club refused to sell him.

    Sir Alex Ferguson had clearly had enough of the striker, confirming to the world after his final game at Old Trafford that Rooney had asked to leave, but Van Gaal obviously doesn't share the same opinion.

    After Robin van Persie captained the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals, why didn't Van Gaal name the Dutch striker as United's leader?

Does Ashley Young Really Have a United Future?

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    Ashley Young enjoyed a good pre-season for United and was the star player in their victory over European champions Real Madrid.

    However, in United's opening games, playing in the left wing-back position, Young has looked like a fish out of water.

    United supporters have never really warmed to him and even now are growing frustrated with Young's promotion to being a regularly starter.

    Does Young really have a future at the club or is he just plugging a gap until Van Gaal has the opportunity to sign better players?

Which Young Players Do You Think Will Make It?

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    Tyler Blackett, Jesse Lingard, Michael Keane and Adnan Januzaj have all featured in Van Gaal's first few games as United manager.

    Blackett has started all three of the games, maybe more thanks to the injuries of other defenders, but he looks to be a player developing in the right way.

    Lingard picked up an injury on his debut and left the hospital on crutches. It's hard to even imagine how disappointed he will be to miss the next few weeks of football when he had been given his chance to show what he could do.

    Keane was subbed on during the first half of United's draw with Sunderland and struggled to impose himself on the game.

    Januzaj has been used as a substitute in the opening three games, and while United seemed to have more focus with him on the field, he could only get away a couple of wayward shots when playing in the centre of the park at the Stadium of Light.

    Which of these young players does Van Gaal envisage having a future at the club?

What Were Those Substitutions All About?

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    In United's disappointing opening game against Swansea, Van Gaal was guilty of making a couple of questionable decisions.

    Having so often brought on players who played a crucial role for the Netherlands during this summer's World Cup, it was baffling to see Nani replace Javier Hernandez and Marouane Fellaini come on for Ander Herrera.

    The 3-5-2 formation that had been worked on all pre-season was ditched and United's performance got worse. Herrera hadn't played exceptionally well, but his absence was certainly noticed in the final 25 minutes.

    Why did Van Gaal make these strange changes?

Is Kagawa on His Way out of the Club?

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    Shinji Kagawa should have been a great player for Manchester United, joining the club as one of the best players in the Bundesliga.

    Ferguson and Moyes both failed to use Kagawa effectively, and it appears as though Van Gaal isn't keen to persist with him either.

    Following United's draw against Sunderland and Van Gaal's decision to use Januzaj in midfield, Van Gaal explained why Kagawa hadn't been used in either of the games so far, despite the injury crisis, which was reported by ESPN.

    Kagawa did not wish to fulfil my wishes, my philosophy when I played him in the United States. Kagawa was a number 10 at Dortmund but I want to try him at number six and number 8.

    If Kagawa isn't keen to change his position, does that mean his days at United are numbered?

Why Did We Sign so Few Players?

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    Six players have left United during the transfer window so and only four players have been signed. When you consider that this squad finished seventh in the Premier League last season, it seems fairly baffling that United would start the season with even fewer players.

    Did Ed Woodward fail to lure the players Van Gaal wanted or does he genuinely think this squad is good enough for now?

What Made You Pick Giggs?

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    United fans were delighted to see Ryan Giggs take charge of the club for the final four games of the 2013-14 season after the dismissal of Moyes.

    Van Gaal invited Giggs to the Netherlands after he was made manager and asked the United legend to become his assistant manager.

    There has been some suggestion that with this being Van Gaal's last job, Giggs is learning the ropes ready to take over from the Dutchman when he retires.

    Did Van Gaal appoint Giggs because he thought he was the best man for the job or had he been influenced by the club to make this decision?

What Do You Think of the Glazers?

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    Despite the frustrations of the fans over the Glazer family's failure to dip into the transfer market as much as the squad required and their decision to withdraw money from the club for themselves instead of pay off the debt, per David Conn of The Guardian, Ferguson refused to ever say a bad word about United's owners.

    Having been in charge for a few months and knowing more about what is going on behind the scenes in regards to transfers, what does Van Gaal think of the Glazer family?

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