Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has said that Louis van Gaal needs more time to work his magic at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman was seemingly helpless on Monday night as his only realistic chance of winning silverware this season ended after a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Van Gaal will now attempt to re-group his players and push for automatic Champions League qualification, but they will fight alongside the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Ronald Koeman’s Southampton for the third and fourth places in the Premier League.
Following Monday’s defeat to Arsenal, Keane urged the club’s fans and board to give the former Barcelona boss more time, saying it will take two or three years to rebuild the side.
“Van Gaal is going to get criticised, you’d expect that,” Keane said on Match of the Day. “Give the man a chance – two or three years.
“A lot of fans don’t quite understand how to run a football club as big as Manchester United. They should have given David Moyes more time but didn’t. What are they going to do? Chop and change again? Van Gaal has been in the door two minutes. It takes time. It’s literally a rebuilding job.”