Aston Villa were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur on Monday evening.
Garde was in attendance at White Hart Lane on Monday evening, where Villa lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur, but MacDonald was heartened by his side’s display.
The Scot says that the Claret and Blues showed a lot of character in the contest, and he believes that Garde will have been impressed by what he saw.
“Villa are not one of the bottom three teams in the league,” MacDonald defiantly said.
“I think he saw a team with great work ethic and a great desire to triumph over adversity after conceding two goals. We pushed on second-half and put a Tottenham team with outstanding players under pressure.
“But they broke away and scored a fantastic goal and we caused ourselves a lot of problems by giving the ball away in silly areas.”
Garde takes over at Villa from Tim Sherwood, and the Frenchman will be required to make an immediate impression.
Although Villa did put up a fight after going 2-0 down at White Hart Lane, they were thoroughly outplayed for much of the contest and could have no complaints about the final outcome.
The Midlands outfit looked like a side well short on confidence, and they have not won since the opening day of the campaign.
It leaves Garde with an unenviable task ahead, with his first game in charge coming against Manchester City at the weekend.