Former Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel has pleaded with supporters to give boss Louis Van Gaal time to stamp his mark on the club.
Despite a promising pre-season campaign, the Red Devils have started the season poorly and questions have been asked of Van Gaal after just four competitive matches in the Old Trafford hot-seat.
The former Dutch boss comes with an impressive reputation, and summer signings Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao have only put yet more pressure on the team to succeed.
Last season, however, took a lot out of confidence out the players and the transition from a vastly underperforming squad to an expected challenge on the top four isn’t an easy task.
Former Danish international goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel accustomed to watching the club’s playing staff change and evolve during his eight year stay in Manchester, and he has called on patience and realism from the fans in order to give Van Gaal the necessary time to succeed.
“I am a United fan and I’d be quite happy to finish outside the top four,” he explained, quoted by the Mirror.
“As long as we were going in the right direction. If the United culture was continuing in that we were playing entertaining football and winning games. Other fans might not be happy but for me these things don’t happen overnight.”
“I’m as disgruntled about our start as everyone else. The players lost a lot of confidence and belief in themselves. Last season, after winning the championship the year before, they went from one extreme to another.”
“But I know Van Gaal can deliver. Time and patience must be given to the team and to him and to his philosophy. He has a plan with everything he does. He has proven himself time and again.”