Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has suggested Louis van Gaal didn’t realise how difficult managing the club would be.
Van Gaal’s side have been inconsistent over the first part of the season and dropped more points on Premier League leaders Chelsea, as a Daley Blind goal rescued a point for United against West Brom last night.
“Louis Van Gaal asked for three months when he came in and he's reassessed that. It's a tougher job than he imagined and in the next eight games they've got tough opponents,” said Neville on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.
“At the start of the season after eight games you would have said they would have been on 16 or 17 points. There's been a lot of upheaval. It's been tough for him.”
Van Gaal was clear in stating that he thought it would take three months for his methods to translate across to his players effectively.
However, he’s not been provided with that luxury because of the pressure which comes hand in hand with Manchester United and also because of the quality in the Premier League at the moment.
On the one hand, United are under pressure to consolidate back in the top four for financial reasons but on the other hand, there are five or six teams all realistically competing for third and fourth place.
It’s also been tough for van Gaal because of the number and the nature of the signings he had to make in the summer.
Angel Di Maria, Falcao and Daley Blind all arrived at the back end of the transfer window and they have all become major components of the team in a short space of time.
They’ve had no time to settle in with that pressure to get results instantly thrust upon them as they embark on their first seasons in English football.
Van Gaal still believes that United can pull off a title win but by January, they may be looking for a couple more signings who can just ensure they get into the top four and stay there.