Sir Alex Ferguson: Man United must give Louis van Gaal time

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson defends Louis van Gaal's start to the Premier League season

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Louis van Gaal to reverse Manchester United’s ailing fortunes despite a mixed start to his reign at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils, who appointed Van Gaal as manager in May, are fourth in the Premier League after a battling 2-1 victory over Everton before the international break.

However, United have managed to secure just three wins in seven Premier League outings, as well as a humiliating 4-0 loss to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

But Ferguson highlighted his below-par start to his United spell before becoming British football’s most-decorated manager, stressing Van Gaal needs time at United.

“He’s not been getting the results that are expected but when I came to the club I didn’t get the results I expected myself at the beginning,” Ferguson told MUTV.

“What we needed then was Sir Bobby Charlton, Martin Edwards and the board to stick by me and we had a great spell after that.

“Once I got settled into the club, everything was fine. Louis is going through that same process and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will sort it out.”

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