If Manchester United fans are bored to tears of their team's performances and pining for the days of free flowing, uninhibited attacking football, they could do a lot worse than talk to Bayern Munich fans about the state Louis Van Gaal left their club in, in 2011.
While the Dutchman led the Bavarians to a domestic double and the Champions League final in his first season at the Allianz Arena, his sophomore term was much more troublesome, with 'The Iron Tulip' departing before the campaign was over, with the wheels completely coming off Bayern's season as they sat in fourth place and struggled to maintain a challenge for Champions League qualification.
A statement released by Bayern legend and former President Uli Hoeness in 2011 will ring true with exactly how so many United fans feel about Van Gaal right now.
Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the sacking of Van Gaal in 2011. Sounds eerily familiar... pic.twitter.com/QGeHdmvv16— Manchester United (@ManUnitedWorld) December 16, 2015
@ManUnitedWorld Last tweet was by president Uli Hoeness, not the chairman. Mistake, but points still valid.— Manchester United (@ManUnitedWorld) December 16, 2015
Jupp Heynckes would replace Van Gaal at Bayern, leading the club to a historic treble in the 2012/13 season.