Manchester United legend Bryan Robson defends Louis van Gaal

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has defended Louis van Gaal, insisting the Dutchman had to rebuild the club after the reign of David Moyes.

Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Man United in 2013, failed to qualify for the Champions League in his short tenure at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal took over and got United back into Europe’s elite competition following his debut campaign but he has been criticised this season following some meek attacking displays. Robson believes van Gaal will not crumble under the pressure.

“Van Gaal was under pressure even when he was at Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” Robson said.

“At those clubs too, your ambitions had to be high. We have 680m fans across the globe and that does put pressure (on) as we have to please them.

“He had to rebuild the club from what David Moyes left behind and put them back to where they were under Ferguson.

“It was going to be a difficult job as fans want exciting football and results. But Louis has got huge support from people within the club.”

Louis van Gaal

Robson appears to be right about officials within the club supporting van Gaal as the Dutchman recently survived a dismal eight game winless streak in all competitions.

Van Gaal certainly has his flaws, but it is clear that he has the long-term vision of the club in mind. He may not be the man to take United forward and onto the next level but he deserves credit for decisions such as bringing in the likes of Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw.

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