Beleaguered Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been given wholehearted backing by his fellow countryman and decorated ex-pro Ronald Boer.
The two times Dutch footballer of the year and Champions League winner told Talksport that the Manchester United manager is one of the best coaches that he as ever worked with and that the Old Trafford faithful and top brass need to be patient with his methods.
“Sometimes when teams enter a stadium they already know they’re going to give three points away, but at this moment that’s not the case,”
“I think that if you spend as much money as Manchester United have over the last two years, you can expect criticism if you aren’t performing,”
“But I’m a van Gaal fan, he’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with.”
“I believe in him, I stand behind him and I think in the end he will do it,”
“They’re only two wins away from Leicester at the top of the league, so they’re still very much in the hunt for the title. We just have to be patient.”
Oh no! Not more patience!
De Boer went on to suggest that he thinks the problem lies in the centre forward postion where Manchester United no longer have a player who guarantees 25 goals a season.
He reckons that Wayne Rooney is no longer a number 9 and has a natural role in a deeper position in the side.
We can’t help but agree. While it would be nice to have another winger in the side, Martial and Memphis are more than capable of terrorising opponents down the flanks – but neither can guarantee a goal every other game for Manchester United.
Looking around the continent the likes of Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski look tailor-made for the job. But they would be exceedingly hard to entice from PSG and Bayern Munchen respectively.