Louis van Gaal, the new manager of Manchester United, has had a rocky start to his managerial career. Although there were waves of optimism before he signed, recent results have led many supporters to question his style of play. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, has suffered a similar reception over the past couple of months.
While David Moyes’ regime met with a huge degree of criticism, there was a general feeling that Louis van Gaal would almost instantly lift the team from the inexplicable position that they found themselves in. Narendra Modi, too, caught the imagination of the people to a similar effect, with the tagline of “achche din” believed to be just around the corner.
Even the manner in which the two gentlemen conduct themselves, you’d find similarities. Being great orators, combined with a healthy track record other than the slight(ahem) blemish along the way, they seemed perfect for the job they were being assigned.
Van Gaal has shown rigidity in the way that he has worked, and has a set agenda regarding how he wants to conduct his affairs at the club. The continuous reliance on a 3-5-2 formation with an inexperienced defense and attack minded wing backs has made Manchester United seem very weak while shaking off attacks.
Narendra Modi, on the same lines, has called off talks with Pakistan and has in effect, only increased tensions between the two countries. We must not forget that maintaining good relations with them was a major part of his foreign policy. That he has sound reasoning behind what he is doing is a matter of debate, but in that way, every issue in this world is debatable.
Most recently, van Gaal reiterated that he needs time, and that even a year is not going to be enough to turn the fortunes of the club around. Doesn’t it have a startling resemblance to Modi’s speech of the situation improving over five years?
Needless to say, a couple of poor games for the Manchester United manager is far too early to draw any real conclusions. Similarly, it will take even longer for the country to transform and fit into the vision that the Indian Prime Minister has in his eyes.
Often, though, judgements are made far sooner than the amount of time these men are asking for. Eventually, it will be in the hands of each individual to decide how much time constitutes “enough time”.
If you’re willing to give Louis van Gaal over a year to prove himself, in spite of the heavy investment that he is being allowed to make, David Moyes has every reason to feel gutted.