Louis van Gaal doing what Sir Alex Ferguson did, says Man United legend
Rod Wallace likens Louis van Gaal's start to the early months of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign
Danny Wallace has likened Louis van Gaal’s start at Manchester United to the early months of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
The Dutchman spent in excess of £150m on new signings in the summer, which included the British-record £59.7m capture of Angel di Maria.
You have to be patient and trust what is going on
Similarly, Wallace was a big-money £1.2m arrival in the summer of 1989 as Ferguson took his time to reverse United’s ailing fortunes at Old Trafford.
And the former United winger urged the Red Devils to be patient with their new manager as he finds his feet at the 20-time English champions.
“What Sir Alex did in ‘89 is so similar to what Louis van Gaal has embarked on this season,” Wallace told Manchester Evening News.
“Fergie was trying to change things around and get the squad he wanted. He bought in myself, Gary Pallister, Paul Ince, Neil Webb and Mike Phelan that summer.
“Just like van Gaal has done bringing in Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind when you buy in so many players things don’t happen overnight.
“I am sure I don’t have to remind anyone of that derby 5-1 defeat at City so soon after we all arrived. That game at Maine Road was my second match for United and it was a big shock. It was very scary and you do start to wonder what you have got yourself into.
“We all need the time to settle in just as the players United have signed this season have needed a period where they have to get used to Old Trafford and the manager. It is no different now from then. But you have to be patient and trust what is going on.”