Henk ten Cate: Louis van Gaal will succeed at Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Former Ajax manager Henk ten Cate has backed Louis van Gaal to turn Manchester United’s fortunes around despite a poor run of form.

Man United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal on Monday night and face a battle to remain in the top four of the Premier League.

Van Gaal’s side have also come in for some flak for their playing style in recent weeks following scrappy wins against Burnley and Newcastle United.

Ten Cate isn’t worried by the criticism of the Dutchman and said he has what it takes to turn things around at United.

Speaking about van Gaal, ten Cate said: “I know him well and he is the kind of guy who doesn’t just go for results, he wants his teams to play good football. He has proved that in the past.

“Right now at Manchester United it is not that good. The way they are playing is absolutely not good. But it is not the style of Van Gaal.

“You have to give him time because, for me, he is one of the best coaches there is. I worked closely with him for one year when I was going through the stages to get my coaching licence. I saw what he was doing and the only thing he has to do is get used to the way of playing in England.

“If the owners of the club gave him that much confidence and that much money to spend, it is not a good thing to say goodbye after one season because it is starting to become his team.

“He needs a little more time but I am almost positive that he is going to surprise Britain with his [style of] football.”

United’s result against Arsenal was desperately disappointing but van Gaal could do little to stop Antonio Valencia’s awful backpass which led to Danny Welbeck’s winner.

His record of two losses in 22 games prior to the defeat suggests he has made a team which is difficult to beat albeit at the cost of attractive football. It is crucial that United bounce back against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in order to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

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