Stubborn is a word that has been used to describe the Dutchman in the past and it may well be apt here. He didn't have the personnel with the experience to implement a system dependent on defensive organisation... Was Van Gaal in the wrong by trying to start with a 3-4-1-2 formation this weekend?
Giggs is the perfect man to put an arm around the shoulder of an under performing player, but may not be able to dish out the tongue-lashings that Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for. This is where van Gaal comes in.
This may sound a little trivial, but Ryan Giggs looks very much like someone who could succeed at United. From his press conference before the game at Norwich and until he walked off the pitch, the 40-year-old oozed confidence and passion for the role.
After a long Easter break that bordered on decadent, I'm back and newsing like never before, more eager to bust some chops than ever.
As my girlfriend probably won't agree, this season the Barclays Premier League has been bloody sensational. Global juggernauts are in freefall under inexperienced leadership, early pace setters have faltered amid poor planning, and forgotten masters have been rehabilitated as title favourites...
This was not an episode from HBOs much anticipated Season 4 of Game of Thrones though, but the real live drama unfolding at Manchester United as David Moyes was sacked and the battle for his successor starts to take place.
After just one bad campaign United haven't fallen yet, but their precarious position dictates that the 2014/15 season is more important than any other ever has been. The club don't have to win the Premier League, but a renewed competitiveness and a minimum of fourth place is crucial. Anything less could be catastrophic.
Embrace failure. The taste of it makes our palate for life far more mature. It is the essential ingredient for success. Although, just for good measure, I have my fingers crossed too, just like Moyes and Moores.
Most of us, if honest, will have enjoyed watching the public demise of this man we have never met, don't know, but yet have been invited to excoriate over the duration of his tortured reign at Old Trafford. What does this public and ritual flogging say about us?
So, the sacking of David Moyes was clearly a consequence of managerial failure but not entirely, indeed not even predominantly, that of Moyes himself. The real blame lies with the board and the CEO, or executive vice chairman, as Ed Woodward is called.
It is possible that the clean out of other staff below David Moyes points to Manchester United seeking a deeper analysis of what went wrong. However it is also possible that scape-goating one individual is too simplistic an analysis of a large complex organisation.
And just like that, it is finished. It's been a nightmarish and arduous 10 months in the Old Trafford hot seat for David Moyes, and, having served up a feast of failure during his time in Manchester, it is perhaps fitting that the all-powerful United deities chose Easter weekend to publicly sacrifice their 'chosen one'.
Look at any number of photographs of David Moyes playing football with the United lads during training and imagine Alex Ferguson doing this. Only under very rare, ritualised circumstances, would Ferguson, the alpha-male primate, allow his all-powerful dominant image be tainted with any hint of 'being one of the lads'...
Few people - industry professionals or not - will be impressed with the way the PR was handled. Did anyone not know on Monday afternoon that David Moyes was for the chop? Anyone except, allegedly, David Moyes that is.
This has not been about David Moyes at all. His sad fate would have been the natural destiny of any inheritor of what was clearly a poisoned chalice, made more poisonous by the addition of that lethal factor of self-delusion. Because Manchester United have succeeded in convincing themselves that they are something special; the Biggest Club in the World.
Poor old David Moyes may be humiliated by an appalling first and only season at the helm of Manchester United but at least his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson - the man who chose him for the role - hasn't labelled him as someone with 'brains less than a guinea pig'...