Man United set for long & painful transition, says Liverpool legend

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness can't see Manchester United improving their performances before November

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Manchester United can expect a “long and painful transition” if Louis van Gaal persists with his current tactics, Graeme Souness has claimed.

The 63-year-old Dutch coach is still searching for his first competitive win as United manager after signing a three-year deal in May.

The team may take until November to settle down. You ain’t going to win the league if you take that long

Graeme Souness

Van Gaal is persisting with his preferred 3-5-2 formation despite the Red Devils conceding seven goals in four games in all competitions.

And former Liverpool captain Souness doesn’t expect United to find form until November, even with the arrivals of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

“If Van Gaal is determined to persist with a back three, this is going to be a long and painful transition for United,” Souness wrote in his Sunday Times column.

“The team may take until November to settle down. You ain’t going to win the league if you take that long and you might not make the Champions League places either.

“United have already dropped seven points from a possible nine. If you continue with three at the back and the results are not improving players will not be slow in turning round and pointing their fingers at the coach, saying, ‘It’s not that I am not playing well, it’s the system’.”

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