Jamie Carragher says that Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is lucky to not be under pressure at the club.
United currently sit 3rd in the table, on 37 points after 21 games, the exact same as Moyes managed at this time last year, despite United spending £150 million on transfers during the summer.
“Lucky man, Louis van Gaal. Very lucky, in fact. At this point last season, the heat on David Moyes was being turned up mercilessly, so why is his successor escaping?” Carragher said.
“Think about it: United have exactly the same points (37) from the same number of games (21); they have scored one goal fewer in the Barclays Premier League than the 35 Moyes’s side had managed, even after spending more than £150million last summer.”
The former England man turned pundit believes the Dutchman is being allowed to carry on without the pressure Moyes suffered from because of one reason, and that is belief in where he is leading the team.
Van Gaal joined United after leading Holland to third place in the World Cup and with a c.v that includes league titles in Germany, Spain and Holland as well as the Champions League.
It is that success that Carragher feels is giving him the buffer Moyes never had and keeping the pressure away, despite their exact record.
"Having a name for winning is priceless. Things clearly aren’t working as well as Van Gaal would want,” said Carragher.
“Clearly he has had some fortune but not with his reputation. And that is why, no matter how underwhelming United have been, they will believe at Old Trafford Van Gaal has them heading back to the Champions League.”