Patrick Kluivert believes Louis van Gaal would have been sacked as manager of Manchester United by now were it not for his reputation in football.
Van Gaal has come under huge pressure over the course of the campaign, with Man United sitting fifth in the Premier League table following some poor form.
Kluivert, who played under van Gaal at Ajax and Barcelona before working with him with Holland at the 2014 World Cup, backed the veteran coach to turn things around at United.
“When you look at the previous guy at Man United [David Moyes], he was not given so much time. So if he didn’t have as big a name, maybe things would have been over for him much quicker.
“They still have chances to enjoy a good season, but we know the pressure of being at a club as big as Man United. You have to be successful or you cannot stay.
“From my experience working with him as a player and then an assistant coach, I still say Louis is one of the best managers in the game. He needs time and I hope they give it to him.”
United put in one of their best performances of the season against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday, with debutant Marcus Rashford scoring twice in a 5-1 win.
The result has alleviated some of the pressure on van Gaal but a defeat against Arsenal on Sunday would likely be the final nail in the coffin as far as finishing in the top four is concerned.