Manchester United seem to have lost their identity in the last couple of seasons as Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has just not been able to settle into his role at the club.
Ever since the start of the season, the tactics and decisions made by the Dutchman have left the fans of the club frustrated and many have called for the manager to be sacked even before the turn of the year.
But a solid run of form for 4-5 games has seen Van Gaal keep his place at the club even as people concerned with the club are not too happy about it.
However, former England skipper and Manchester United legend David Beckham has come to the rescue of the under-fire manager.
He felt that Louis van Gaal must be given more time at Manchester United to prove himself and also spoke about Jose Mourinho and his future.
With who we’ve got at United now, he [Van Gaal] is an experienced manager with a great reputation in the game. Sometimes it takes time,” said Beckham. “It’s not easy being the manager at a club like Manchester United.
Beckham felt that the owners will have to give time to a manager like Louis van Gaal who has been under pressure ever since making the move to England.
He explained that he has utmost respect towards the Dutchman and that he has only heard great things about him in the past.
But at the end of the day we have to look at results, the way we play, listen to the fans, the people around the club”
“I only hear great things about him as a person, a manager and a coach and that’s all I can talk about.”
Louis van Gaal has been subject to a number of intense rumors that suggested that he will be sacked any time soon. Jose Mourinho who was sacked by Chelsea earlier this season is widely tipped off to replace him at the end of the season.
However, Beckham, when asked about Mourinho’s chances of replacing Van Gaal did not really answer to the question. He said that a seat like the manager of Manchester United will always be under speculation and that everyone will have to wait till the end of the season to see what pans out.
“He’s the manager of Manchester United so there’s always going to be speculation, there’s always going to be criticism but the most important thing is at the end of the season. Let’s see what happens then.”
Though the win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup this weekend will take some pressure off Van Gaal, the constant presence of Mourinho on his back will give him nightmares.
Beckham also expressed his respect towards Mourinho and explained that he rates the Portuguese highly. He also hoped that he would come back to the Premier League as soon as possible.
“Jose leaving Chelsea, who would have expected that after the season they had last year?,” added Beckham.
“But it doesn’t make him a bad manager. He’s still one of the best managers and I hope he comes back to the Premier League as soon as possible.”