Beleaguered Man United boss Louis van Gaal has the (tentative) backing of pundit and Valencia assistant manager Phil Neville.
The United cohort haven’t been kind to the Dutchman since his side have suffered back-to-back shock defeats to Bournemouth and Norwich. Many view the replacement appointment of Jose Mourinho as inevitable, but Phil Neville has baulked at the regression of United into yet another club that perpetrates the managerial go-around.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, the former United defender believes that the under-fire van Gaal deserves not only a chance, but also respect.
“It’s not the Sir Alex Ferguson era now; that time has gone and there needs to be a reality check,” Neville stated.
“It’s the Louis van Gaal era. Constant change is not the answer. I was at United as a player for nine years and it wasn’t pretty every week. There seems to be an obsession at all clubs now, if you don’t get the right results in four or five games then it’s time to change the manager. United are only a few points off the top three, it’s not all doom and gloom but performances must get better.
They need to put faith in a man who has won trophies in every major European country. United asked him to get into the Champions League, and he did, now this year is about winning a trophy.”
“United have to make a decision. Do they turn into a club who changes manager every 12 to 18 months or do they look for stability?”
On Monday night, Neville’s message on Match of the Day 2 echoed the same sentiments.
“I hope Manchester United give Louis van Gaal until the end of the season – he’s got the experience – and I hope there’s more respect for managers. I just think it’s disgraceful and disrespectful to managers when they’re still in a job and other managers are being talked about for their job [in reference to the Jose Mourinho rumours].”
Other members of the famed class of ’92, particularly Paul Scholes, haven’t been as patient with Louis van Gaal, which riled up one fan on Twitter.
Van Gaal with the Class of 92 pic.twitter.com/WBrQ299MU1
— Tan (@___IA22) December 21, 2015