Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal faces his toughest task yet as manager of Manchester United when he takes on early Premier League pace setters Chelsea at the weekend.
So far his reign in charge of United has had its ups and downs. The performances of Angel Di Maria and an overall satisfactory win record on the plus side. Defeats against Leicester City and MK Dons the negative.
This weekend also sees him go up against a former protege in Jose Mourinho. The pair worked together at Barcelona, when Mourinho was just making his way into the game.
One person who knows how the United and Chelsea boss work is Arjen Robben.
Robben has played for van Gaal at Bayern Munich and for the Dutch national team. He has played for Mourinho at Chelsea - so his opinion ahead of this game was always going to be sought.
In his interview with The Telegraph Robben was asked whether he felt Van Gaal was still the right man for the job at Old Trafford.
His answer was unequivocal:
"He is the right man for United, definitely. That is what I will always say. In the beginning, when it wasn’t going so well for him at United, people were asking me about it, but I will always tell them to have confidence in him. It will come, it just needs time. He has brought a lot of new players in, so he needs time to build, but he can really build a team."
He went on to highlight how he needed time at both Bayern and with his country before truly coming good, something Robben witnessed first-hand:
We have seen the perfect example of that here at Bayern, with what he did at this club. It is also shown with the national team, the steps he made to take us to third place in the World Cup and that wasn’t normal. It was a unique performance for Holland, but with United, he needs time. I like him, I am a fan of him and I know what he can do.”
United go in the weekend as the rank outsiders against Chelsea, with good reason. But even if Mourinho gives his old boss a good pasting at the weekend, Robben believes van Gaal is the man to steer the Manchester United ship bck on course.
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