Saha believes Man United are moving forward but still miss players

by Richard Laverty

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes the team has ‘progressed’ under Louis van Gaal after a difficult 2013/14 campaign.

Despite some poor results of late, Van Gaal has United sitting in the top four by the skin of their teeth and has a relatively good path to the FA Cup last eight should the side progress past Cambridge and then either Preston or Sheffield United.

The French striker spent several years at United and had a good strike rate for a player that suffered as many injuries as he did before leaving for Everton in 2008.

“From my view, I think he is still looking for his best team and is still missing one or two players,” Saha told

“But there are very positive things to say as well because we’ve bought some terrific players and brought the passion back to the hearts of the fans.”

“The main thing is to be up there challenging again. In some ways last year we lost momentum. This year is definitely better, more with a solid base than before. It is all about transition. This transition is going on now and it will take time for the manager to understand fully about the club because it is a special one. I’m sure that any manager who comes in would struggle [at first].”

Saha was speaking in Indonesia ahead of a United:Live event in Jakarta where the former number nine will watch the Leicester City match alongside United fans in the city and believes van Gaal is the right man to take United forward.

“I can see that the team has progressed but I think there is still a long way to go to get back to where we belong, in first spot. For sure though, it’s not easy in the Premier League. There is more competition and more big players. It is a massive challenge but I’m confident Manchester United will be up there very soon. This manager is really passionate about the game and I really hope he can bring us success.”

United will be looking for revenge this weekend at Old Trafford after losing 5-3 in the return fixture before facing a replay against League Two side Cambridge in the FA Cup and Van Gaal will want an immediate response from his players.


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