Ferguson: Give van Gaal time at Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Louis van Gaal needs time to get it right at Manchester United, pointing to his experience at the club as an example, Sky Sports has reported.

Van Gaal took over from David Moyes at the start of the season after Moyes, Ferguson’s replacement, was sacked before the end of the last campaign. United eventually finished the year in seventh and under the interim management of Ryan Giggs – who is now part of van Gaal’s backroom staff.

United are fourth after seven Premier League games but have suffered defeats to the likes of Swansea City and Leicester City and a Capital One Cup exit at the hands of MK Dons. But Ferguson believes the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager will find success at Old Trafford – if he’s given time to do so.

“He’s not been getting the results that are expected but when I came to the club [in November 1986] I didn’t get the results I expected myself at the beginning,” Ferguson told an interview with MUTV.

“What we needed then was Sir Bobby Charlton, Martin Edwards and the board to stick by me and we had a great spell after that,” he continued. “Once I got settled into the club, everything was fine. Louis is going through that same process and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will sort it out.”

Van Gaal took over at United following the World Cup in Brazil, where he led the Netherlands to third place, beating the hosts in the third/fourth-place play-off.

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