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Van Nistelrooy backs Van Gaal to succeed at Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Louis van Gaal will lead the club back to success but that it will take time to do so.

Van Gaal has been criticised in recent weeks despite the fact that United are currently fourth in the Premier League and through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce mocked United for their long-ball tactics last month while Ronald Koeman recently took a swipe at van Gaal’s management style.

Van Nistelrooy dismissed this criticism and said he has faith in his fellow Dutchman.

Speaking about van Gaal, van Nistelrooy said: “The people are fantastically positive about him.

“He is an outstanding figure. Van Gaal leads from his vision and United follows. That is what the club needed.

“Van Gaal is going to get time. The overall picture is that he helps the team and the club move further. I strongly believe that he is going to build them up.”

It is true that United have picked up some good results lately but their performances will have to be much better if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The team have adopted a worrying aspect of their play in recent months, with possession prioritised over taking risks which has led to some laboured and predictable football. Against Sunderland on Saturday, a particularly abject first half from an attacking point of view saw chances few and far between.

Although United eventually won the game 2-0, a better team would have capitalised on the team’s mistakes. However, fans will take heart from van Gaal’s good record against the top teams this season. United have beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton this term while also drawing at home against Chelsea.

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