While Chelsea have begun to struggle, the new football season has been very good for Manchester United, picking up positive results both in the Premier League and in Europe as they finally look to put a miserable couple of years behind them. Indeed, there is an increasing feeling that the Old Trafford club are once again title contenders, and it comes as no surprise to us at King Loui’s to hear that good old fish and chips may be responsible.
Speaking earlier this year, Coach Louis Van Gaal took time to discuss how he had settled into his job and indeed how he had acclimatised to life in Britain. “The food is fantastic,” the Dutch boss would say, and just a few weeks later he and his wife Truus were spotted tucking into a plate of, you guessed it, fish and chips!
His enjoyment of the traditional meal will come as welcome relief to his players, who were previously not allowed to enjoy chips at their Carrington training ground under Van Gaal’s predecessor. “Yes, I did ban chips,” David Moyes said in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine. “It was because a couple of players were overweight and I didn’t think chips were good for their diet!”
With the club slumping to seventh place and finishing outside the top three for the first time in the Premier League era, it seems Moyes error cost him dearly as he was sacked before the end of the 2013/14 campaign. Now looking to rebuild his reputation in Spain, it is unclear if the former Everton boss has taken such a hard-line with Real Sociedad, but fish and chips continue to play a major role in the game on these shores.
Indeed, just last year, Pablo Zabaleta insisted that the lure of such a meal might be enough to convince a famous Argentinean team-mate to join him in the north of England. As Barcelona prepared to visit the Etihad Stadium, the defender was asked about the possibility of Lionel Messi joining him, and the answer came as something of a surprise to the Daily Telegraph’s Jason Burt.
“Whether he would come to Manchester City, we will see,” Zabaleta said of a player he knows very well from their time with the national team. “I would like to show him around. Maybe I could take him out to Didsbury and we could have some fish and chips. I think he would like that.”
If fish and chips are good enough for Louis Van Gaal and Lionel Messi, who are we to argue?