Manchester United legend backs new manager to succeed

Roy Keane Signing Autographs as Man Utd player

Roy Keane seems pleased with United's decision to appoint Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has backed new manager Louis van Gaal to be a success at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal replaces David Moyes who had a poor 10 month spell at the club as United finished 25 points worse off than in their last season under Sir Alex Ferguson, meaning they won’t have any European football next season because of a seventh place finish.

Keane is quoted by ITV, saying: “He is obviously a top manager, lots of experience. His contract was up with the national team, so that fell into place nicely.

“It’s been a tough season for United – fingers crossed he’ll do the business for United.

“I’m pretty sure he will.”

Keane was scathing in his criticism for some of the players last season as United endured their worst campaign in the Premier League era and has highlighted that the squad needs to improve during the transfer window in order for them to be competitive again.

He added: “Of course it’s a big job. They need some players – I’ve said they need five or six players.

“They will bounce back. They are Man United.”

Some are suggesting the lack of European football in the next campaign could help United’s cause like it may have helped Liverpool mount an improbable title challenge in the most recent campaign.

Van Gaal has a CV that includes winning the domestic title in major European countries such as in Spain with Barcelona and in Germany with Bayern Munich whilst his Ajax side won the Champions League in 1995.

One thing that may please Keane is that the new boss is not a man known for accepting poor effort from his players, something which the former United captain criticised the players for at times last season. It’s of little surprise that the comments from Keane seem positive about the appointment of the Dutchman.

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