Last weekend United lost their first Premier League game of the campaign at home to Swansea City. It was the first time the club had lost their opening game of the new season since 1972, and Queens Park Rangers' new coach says that it has led many to doubt the capabilities of Van Gaal.
He wrote in his Daily Mail column: "After last weekend’s defeat by Swansea, people are beginning to doubt him a little bit, not least his decision to switch to a back three, the system he played with Holland in the World Cup."
It has been well-documented how much of a disaster last season was for United under Scottish manager David Moyes, and Hoddle feels that the performance against the Welsh side was like a replay of last season.
He added: “The performance seemed like a re-run of last season. A year ago I did say that I thought United would be struggling to make the top four, because of the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“But, from what I’ve seen so far, as long as United do make a couple of signings, I think this season will be different. I’ll stick my neck out and say Van Gaal will have them back in the top four again and qualifying for the Champions League; and that will probably be considered job done for the first season.”
United have so far signed Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo this transfer window, but with the first two out injured and Rojo currently without a work permit, none of the new boys will be in action until as least next weekend.
However, the news that chief executive Ed Woodward is very close to striking a deal with Real Madrid for world-class Argentine winger Angel Di Maria will be a huge boost for everyone at the club.