‘Louis van Gaal won’t be an instant success at Man United’

Rene Meulensteen warms Manchester United fans that it will take time for Louis van Gaal to settle at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Photo: Fifa

Rene Meulensteen has warned Manchester United fans that it will take time for Louis van Gaal to bring success to Old Trafford.

The 62-year-old is set to take charge of the Red Devils on Wednesday after agreeing a three-year deal with the Premier League club earlier this summer.

People must realise the process will take time

Rene Meulensteen

But former United coach Meulensteen feels that his compatriot will need time to stamp his authority at Old Trafford.

“I think what fans need to consider is that this season will be a new start for United,” Meulensteen told talkSPORT.

“It’s almost like it’s the end of an era at the club, with Ryan Giggs hanging up his boots and players like Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all leaving – it’s a big change for the team.

“Nobody expected what would happen under David Moyes last season and obviously United will want to leave that behind them as quickly as they can.

“In that respect, Louis van Gaal is a man with a very strong personality and a very strong philosophy, so he will try to implement that process right away.

“But not only will the players will have to buy into his philosophy, people must realise the process will take time.

“At this moment he has to build a new team because United are still a team that can be beaten, unless proven otherwise at the start of the new Premier League season.”

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