Keown has told the Mail that the signings made by United over the summer are the reason Louis van Gaal is not being criticised for his running of the club.
The Dutch coach has the same number of points - 37 - as United did last season after 21 games, despite being brought to the club to fix the problems David Moyes seemed to unearth at the club. The Scot left Old Trafford in April 2014 following the poor run of form, and it was meant to be the dawn of a new era under van Gaal when he was appointed over the summer.
Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw were all signed following van Gaal’s appointment, but some severe injuries in the squad have created an incredibly unbalanced starting XI, and the Red Devils have already lost four times this term.
Whilst Moyes was being derided for his running of the side, van Gaal has seemingly avoided all criticism - despite being on the same points total - and Keown believes that it is the signings made by the club which offer the Dutchman added faith from the Old Trafford crowd.
When discussing the equal performances of Moyes and van Gaal, Keown told the Mail: “I think it’s the losses that have been different this year.
“It might be the same number of points but some of the Old Trafford aura has returned – they have only lost twice at home this season.
“There is an improvement this year and Van Gaal is making progress with his plan whereas it looked like Moyes struggled to get to grips with the job.
“He will say why couldn’t he go out and spend the same money Van Gaal has, but they were champions so it was harder to justify that spending and he almost seemed to manage the transfers like he did at Everton.
“With van Gaal, his signings have captured the imagination and made a statement.
“No, they are not trophies but they have helped refresh the squad and the atmosphere – signing Di Maria was almost like a gift to the fans and demonstrates what that club is about. They are still on the same points but it still feels like a new beginning.”