As we come to the end of the season, the focus becomes even more extreme on the winners and losers.

People also start to discuss if managers or coaches have over-performed or under-performed.

Whatever the answer, one thing for sure is that however good your manager is they will have made mistakes which are so glaringly obvious they have to be acknowledged.

Just in this last week, we have had two examples from two of the most highly-regarded coaches in world football making what I would suggest are nothing more than schoolboy errors in trying to win games.

Firstly, last Saturday at Old Trafford when Manchester United played West Bromwich Albion, one of the greatest goalscorers in Premiership history was given the job, in the second half, of standing next to Ander Herrera in midfield and passing the ball sideways.

Robin Van Persie must have wondered what on earth he was doing playing 50 yards from goal.

You can understand the thinking of getting close to the centre halves and dragging them out of position, but that wasn’t what was happening as Tony Pulis’s defenders completely ignored Van Persie and just left him in midfield.

As Manchester United pressed for an equaliser, their fans must have been scratching their heads – as I was – as Van Persie fed other players and they, in turn, started to get into the box.

It was a totally bizarre tactic by Louis Van Gaal.

Then, in the Champions League semi-final first leg between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola’s insistence on returning to the Nou Camp and trying to out-hustle and out-play Barca was just as mind boggling.

With a full team at his disposal and Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery able to break at pace, maybe you could understand the thinking, but not with half a team attacking wise.

To try and play such a high tempo was just ridiculous.

Even in the first minute, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was trying to throw the ball out or take goal kicks the very second the ball had gone dead.

The tactics simply defied belief from someone who is regarded as one of the great coaches.

I am no coach myself, but I like to think I can spot when things are simply not working.

And the great skill of the best managers and coaches is that while publicly they are in permanent denial, privately with their staff and players they will say when it’s been a disaster and they got it wrong.

I am sure Huddersfield Town fans will have had many occasions when they’ve been scratching their heads at whatever the manager has done, but as long as people feel there is progression and can understand the thought process, they will always be on board with what is trying to be achieved.