Ferguson: Van Gaal has been brilliant at Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson has supported the decision of Louis van Gaal to overhaul the Manchester United squad and re-shape it in his own image, Sky Sports has reported.

Ferguson made the comments in a documentary to be screened by MUTV and initially reported by the Daily Telegraph. Van Gaal, who replaced Ferguson’s successor David Moyes following the World Cup, has signed six players since he was confirmed in the post – Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao.

“Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually maybe he’s doing the right thing to clear the decks and build his own team,” van Gaal said. “He’s got the experience and the coaching ability to do that. The way he’s approached it, I think, has been brilliant.”

Moyes was sacked after a defeat against former club Everton, with Ryan Giggs – now van Gaal’s assistant – placed in caretaker charge as United ended the season in seventh place, having started the campaign as defending champions.

Van Gaal took over after leading the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup and, following a 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday, his United side are fourth in the Premier League table.

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