Start to life at Manchester United hasn't quite gone to plan so far for Louis van Gaal. The Red Devils have yet to really take to the Dutchman's 3-5-2 system, and it's shown with two draws and one defeat in the Premier League, whilst the 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup was a disaster for the club.
The poor start to the season has put doubt in the minds of many people over van Gaal's suitability for the United hot seat. However, van Gaal took a while to get his teams playing his way at Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands, and former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben - who worked with van Gaal at Bayern and with the Dutch national team - has backed van Gaal for success; if he's given time.
"My experiences with him [is] he’s a great coach to build a new team," Robben said. "Hopefully he gets the time because you also have to be realistic about it."
"They bought some great players. [But] you also have to look at the quality of the team," added the 30-year-old. "They still have some very young players. I think he’s the perfect guy to develop the team. But he needs time. It wasn’t the best start and hopefully they will give him the time and then I'm sure that he will be successful.
"You always need the right mixture. Of course you need the quality in the team, but what makes the team very successful is that it’s really about the team and everybody’s working together and that the character is good," he added.
Robben isn't the only player to have spoken highly of his time under van Gaal, and with the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao now at the Dutchman's disposal, United should start to see some progress in the coming months. Robben highlighted the key though - time.
Predecessor David Moyes didn't even last one season in charge at Old Trafford, and given the slow starts made by van Gaal at almost every job he's been in, he must be given longer than that to turn things around for United.