The former Lyon boss was confirmed as the Villains' new manager yesterday.
Garde’s official announcement as the Villains’ new boss came yesterday and he was in attendance to watch his new side being put to the sword by an in-form Spurs team.
Despite their loss, Villa showed excellent heart to stage a mini-comeback late on and could easily have equalised before Harry Kane sealed the deal with a late counter-attack.
MacDonald doesn’t believe Villa’s cause is hopeless and is confident his old subjects are capable of mounting an escape.
“I’ll tell him (Garde) that he’s got something to work with,” said the ex-caretaker boss in his post-match interview on Sky Sports last night.
“The players have a great desire to work and work and work but obviously they need to utilise their knowledge a little bit better and take care of the ball a little bit better.
“I’m sure Remi, with his experience, will be reiterating that to the players as well.”
Garde has his work cut out to turn around Villa’s flagging season but he will be encouraged by what his new team displayed towards the end of last night’s game.
The likes of Scott Sinclair, Carles Gil and Rudy Gestede all showed glimpses of what they can offer in an attacking sense and Garde will be confident he can make a difference to Villa’s fortunes this season.
You can listen to MacDonald's full interview below: