In the 2nd part of our series, our focus shifts towards Louis Van Gaal’s first season in charge. What special moments came up in his first season in charge?
1) In Manchester United‘s first game in October, Everton travelled to Old Trafford to face Louis Van Gaal’s men in a must win game for the Red Devils. A win here would send United up into the top 4 but first, could they prove their metal?
Everton are always a tricky team to play against and they proved so again then. A 2-1 win came about from Manchester United’s two new signings- Angel Di Maria and Falcao. United fans thought that they’d finally signed the world class talents the club craved. If only they knew…
2) In the next home game since that Everton game, United locked horns against Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea, who would eventually go on to win the league. Mourinho’s men looked set to secure a win at Old Trafford until a late Robin Van Persie equaliser.
The Dutchman was already famous for not only securing the league in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge but also his late free-kick winner against Manchester City. However, he proved he was far from finished and helped United win a point at home in the 94th minute.
3) Fast forward a month later and United find themselves away at the Emirates. Having lost against City and drawing with Chelsea, the pressure was on Louis Van Gaal and his men to perform against one of the top teams.
A Gibbs own goal seemed to point in the direction of another draw but none other than Wayne Rooney popped up in the 85th minute to score the winner. A win here proved crucial with United then managing to go on a 6 game winning run in the league.
4) No further stand-out moments came until much later in March against Liverpool. United travelled to Anfield on the back of a resounding 3-0 win against Tottenham and looked to have finally clicked as a team.
The Red Devils were hoping to complete a double over Liverpool in the league and managed to do so through a Juan Mata brace which encouraged fans to rename Anfield as Juanfield. The Spaniard’s goals here proved his quality, especially his bicycle kick to seal Liverpool’s fate.
5) Not long after, City travelled the short distance to Old Trafford and found themselves against an in-form United who disposed of Tottenham and Liverpool convincingly. Could United avenge their loss at the Etihad earlier on in the season?
Louis Van Gaal’s United did exactly that and while the score reads as a 4-2 win, United actually dominated the game with ease. Unfortunately two lapses in defence cost De Gea his clean sheet but 4 different goal-scorers proves just exactly how United dominated all over the pitch.