Manchester United hero: "Moyes didn't get three years, why should van Gaal?"

Angry Louis van Gaal

Former Manchester United centre back Gordon McQueen says that Louis van Gaal shouldn't be given three years to build his side.

After some teething issues early in Louis van Gaal's reign at Manchester United, the Red Devils are starting to find their feet under the Dutchman.

Saturday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace leaves them just two points off a top four spot, and they've lost just once at Old Trafford this season - on the opening day of the campaign - as van Gaal turns the Theatre of Dreams back into a fortress.

That's all quite positive, but one former Manchester United player isn't impressed with the former Bayern Munich boss just yet.

Former United centre back Gordon McQueen, who made almost 200 appearances for the club, says van Gaal shouldn't be given three years to turn the club around - because David Moyes wasn't given that long.

"There is no chance that Van Gaal will get three years to turn round the club," he told Goal. "He’s made a big mistake there and I’m surprised he said it. He already lives and breathes United so must know that is never going to happen. Perhaps he has already realised it’s a tougher job than he first feared.

“His predecessor David Moyes didn’t get three years, so why should he? He will get longer than Moyes because his CV is more impressive and he has proved he can do it a big clubs, but expectancy levels at United are still high and he has to show major progress this season."

"A top-four finish is a prerequisite, particularly after the club being out of the Champions League this season. As it stands, there are no guarantees on that score," he added.

Van Gaal was superb in the summer as he led the Netherlands to the semi-finals, and after spending £150m in the summer transfer window, much is expected this season.

More spending is expected in January, but with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all struggling, van Gaal has a great chance of landing a top four finish in his first season.


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