“It will take three years, I hope” – Louis van Gaal
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has gone back on his claim that he should be judged after three months, now claiming that it could take up to three years to turn the club’s luck around.
United fans might have believed they had hit rock bottom when David Moyes took over following the retirement of long-serving Sir Alex Ferguson, leading the club to a disappointing 7th place finish and failing to qualify for a European competition for the first time since 1990.
However, former Holland boss Van Gaal has overseen the club’s worst start to a Premier League campaign sign 1986, winning just three of their first 10 games in the Premier League, and picking up just 13 points; four less than Moyes has acquired at this stage of his United reign.
This is made all the worse by the fact that Van Gaal spent over £150 million this summer rebuilding the lacklustre squad that he inherited. The likes of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao were brought in, and many fans believed that their new-look squad were capable of challenging for the title once again, but how wrong they were.
As the manager has insisted, he still has the full backing of the supporters, who understand that the squad has been hit by a number of injuries. However, he still feels ‘lousy’ that he has been unable to provide instant success at Old Trafford, both for the fans and the board, who expect great things from him.
He said, “It’s not good enough.
“I feel myself very lousy for the fans in the first place, and also the board because they have a great belief in me, my staff and my players.
Since taking over at the high profile club, he has realised that the rebuilding process might take a little longer than planned and hopes that both the fans and the board will stick by him for the necessary amount of time.
The Dutchman admitted, “when you have 13 points from 10 matches you aren’t doing well but we are in a process.
“It was take three years, I hope, because that is dependant on a lot of things.
“I think it shall be and we shall make it happen that we shall win a lot of matches in a row.”
Van Gaal will be hoping that his injury troubles improve as the season kicks on, otherwise those at Old Trafford could become disillusioned very quickly. While it might be a job that requires three years to complete, the Dutchman would be extremely lucky to be given that amount of time to turn things around, no matter what he has achieved in the past.