Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is widely known for being the master of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has gone on to receive several accolades in world football. He has already lifted more than 20 major titles with four different clubs across Europe. Van Gaal, on the hand, is on his last legs when it comes to his club management career. The 62-year-old recently replaced David Moyes is the new boss at Manchester United. He will be coming up against his apprentice for the first time this season. Van Gaal and Mourinho have faced each other a few years ago in the Champions League final.
Mourinho’s Inter Milan took on Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich team at the Santiago Bernebeu in the 2010 final. Despite dominating for most of the match, Bayern Munich were defeated by the Italian club. Many see the upcoming match against Chelsea as an opportunity for van Gaal to take revenge for this defeat. It has also been mentioned that Mourinho will be once again showing huge admiration for Van Gaal, as he played a major role his career. The Dutchman has rejected such praises by saying that Mourinho became a self-made man with his own set of tactics.
“He talks about Louis van Gaal and also Bobby Robson, and I appreciate that, but you always do it by yourself. I was also an apprentice when I was the assistant coach of Leo Beenhakker (at Ajax) and it’s good that my eyes were also open at that time. And it’s good that Jose Mourinho’s eyes were very open when he was my assistant, but you do it by yourself. He’s such a wonderful coach. And to see that he’s been a champion in different countries is fantastic,” said the United manager, who has been seeing his team improve in recent weeks.
Barnsley brought in Keith Treacy during the summer transfer window on a free transfer. The midfielder had a troublesome time at Burnley after spending much of last three years on the sidelines. He has admitted that it was a difficult part of his career, but since the move to Barnsley things have been looking up. The 25-year-old has already made six appearances in all competitions, and he has put down this good start to the season to the intense pre-season preparations that he underwent to improve his fitness.
The Republic of Ireland international signed a two-year contract with Barnsley but he will be hoping for a new long-term deal should he prove his fitness over the campaign. At just 25 years of age, he still has a lot of time left in football. A portion of his career has been cut short due to injuries. He suffered the worst brunt of injuries during the 2012-13 season when he made just 17 appearances in all competitions. Last season, though, was far better with the midfielder appearing in 31 matches for Burnley. After their promotion to the Premier League, Burnley were not keen on renewing the contract of Keith Treacy.
He says that Barnsley have provided him with a fresh start and he intends to repay the faith shown by manager Dyche. “We’re working on my fitness and I’ll be doing more than some of the other lads. It’s like a pyramid for me, I’m just trying to build up my fitness because I’ve missed two or three weeks of building up to the games. The worse thing I could do is play not ready, pull a hamstring and be out for a couple of months. I still have a lot of friends at Burnley and I have to say that Sean Dyche is one of the best managers I’ve played under,” said Treacy.
Barnsley’s attempts to get back into the Championship do not seem to be going well, as the preparations have so far been very poor. Barnsley have been involved in several pre-season friendly matches over the last few days as preparations for the upcoming campaign that starts with a home match against Crawley Town. The 2-0 defeat in the opening pre-season friendly match against Halifax was not the ideal start. Matty Pearson and Scott Boeden scored the goals for Halifax in a very disappointing outcome for Barnsley. Considering that they have friendly matches against the likes of Hull City and Sheffield United lined up, things are not looking good for the club.
After the match, manager Danny Wilson claimed that he is aware that the squad is not the strongest at the moment. He is planning to use the transfer window and significantly strengthen the team. According to him, all areas of the pitch needs strengthening. The club were relegated from the Championship after a poor season. Even though they will have the parachute payments for the next few seasons, Barnsley will be keen on getting back in the first attempt. It will be the parachute payments that could prove vital for the club in the transfer window, as they look to strengthen the team.
“It was disjointed. You can take one or two things out of the game, but not a great deal. It was more about getting some match practice in. We’ve seen areas that we need to strengthen. No matter how much you try to fill gaps sometimes it can be like putting square pegs in round holes and that is something we have to make sure we identify and bring players in to cover those areas. We know we need someone for the right-back position as well as looking at the midfield and striking positions,” said Wilson.