Louis Saha: Louis van Gaal has restored Man United’s momentum
Louis Saha analyses Louis van Gaal's impact at Manchester United
Louis Saha believes Louis van Gaal has restored Manchester United’s momentum in the race for a top-four finish.
The Reds Devils are currently residing in fourth place in the Premier League table ahead of the visit of Leicester City on Saturday.
I can see that the team has progressed but I think there is still a long way to go to get back to where we belong
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are breathing down United’s neck in the hunt for Champions League football next season.
But former Red Devils striker Saha is relieved to see United challenging at the top of the table after David Moyes’ disastrous reign.
“From my view, I think he is still looking for his best team and is still missing one or two players. But there are very positive things to say as well because we’ve bought some terrific players and brought the passion back to the hearts of the fans,” Saha told United’s website.
“The main thing is to be up there challenging again. In some ways last year we lost momentum. This year is definitely better, more with a solid base than before. It is all about transition.
“This transition is going on now and it will take time for the manager to understand fully about the club because it is a special one. I’m sure that any manager who comes in would struggle [at first].”
Saha added that United are facing a “massive challenge” to reclaim their place at the top of the Premier League from Chelsea and Manchester City.
Saha added: “I can see that the team has progressed but I think there is still a long way to go to get back to where we belong, in first spot. For sure though, it’s not easy in the Premier League. There is more competition and more big players.
“It is a massive challenge but I’m confident Manchester United will be up there very soon. This manager is really passionate about the game and I really hope he can bring us success.”
United have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games in all competitions, losing 1-0 to Southampton at Old Trafford earlier this month.
Saha won two Premier League titles, the Champions League and League Cup during a five-year stay at Old Trafford.