Sir Alex Ferguson praises ‘brilliant’ Louis van Gaal for Manchester United renewal plan

by Sam Peoples

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Louis van Gaal‘s reign as Manchester United manager for the first time and believes he has done the correct thing in clearing the deadwood out of the team.

Van Gaal let 14 players leave United this summer in what was an unprecedented amount of movement by the Dutchman in order to build the foundations for his new look United side.

As well as so many players leaving, a record £150m was spent on six new arrivals and Sir Alex feels the wave of changes was the right thing to do.

Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually maybe he’s doing the right thing, to clear the decks and build his own team,” Ferguson said. “Because he’s got the experience and coaching ability to do that.

“The way he’s approached it I think has been brilliant.”


Van Gaal is doing what Ferguson should have had the foresight to do himself but over the years, United accumulated a squad which simply wasn’t good enough to compete and when the Ferguson factor was taken away, it fell apart (thanks in no small part to David Moyes’ techniques).


Ferguson’s comments are as close to an admission as you’re likely to get from United’s old boss that the squad he left behind needed major restructuring.

Thankfully, United backed Van Gaal to do just that this summer in order to help him build his own team which is now beginning to play some breathtaking attacking football. When the defence is singing from the same hymn sheet, United are going to be a real force to be reckoned with.

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