Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has urged the club’s fans to trust manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch summer arrival says one of van Gaal’s best qualities is the way he builds teams both on and off the pitch, which is why he’s the right man to guide the team through a difficult start to the season.
“Van Gaal is a specialist at building a team. Not only on the field, also outside the pitch. His quality is to create a real collective to win games,” he told Fox Sports.
Van Gaal was left in a difficult position when he first joined the club, having to do a lot of big money transfer business late in the summer window.
He confirmed at the time that he needed to see if the current crop of players would fit in with his current philosophy and he didn’t have enough time to cover every transfer angle before the window slammed shut.
That’s left United in a position where they have been forced to call on younger players.
It’s a trait of the way van Gaal has coached throughout his career but his willingness, and the fact he’s had no choice, to use younger players will benefit the side over the next few seasons.
One of the best qualities Sir Alex Ferguson had during his time at Old Trafford was the way he developed teams one after the other, using younger players to create the spine of his next Manchester United team.
Van Gaal is showing similar traits already at Old Trafford and needs to continue that throughout the season.
It’s difficult because he has to balance using younger players against the injuries the club has and the pressure on the side to get back into the top four.
United are one of the only clubs that could spend the way they did do in the summer, without Champions League football and come out still in tact at the end of the window.
The boss didn’t sign a centre-back in the window but he has talented young options and it’s now time for them to prove they can be consistent at the highest level leading into January.