Football: Moyes urges United to give van Gaal more time to rebuild

Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected during the match against Chelsea.
Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected during the match against Chelsea. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • David Moyes has warned Manchester United against becoming a club that "continuously changes their manager" and said Louis van Gaal should be given more time to succeed at Old Trafford.

Moyes took over at United from Alex Ferguson in 2013 and, despite signing a six-year contract, was sacked after only 10 months at the then Premier League champions after an unsuccessful tenure that lasted only 34 games.

Pressure is now mounting on the Scot's successor with United having lost four matches in a row under van Gaal prior to Monday's goalless draw with Chelsea.

The hosts were much improved, which has helped van Gaal's position, but should United lose at home to Swansea City tomorrow, the Dutchman is likely to face renewed calls from disgruntled fans for him to be sacked .

Moyes believes firing the Dutchman would be a mistake. Pointing to his own experience at United, the former Real Sociedad manager said: "After Sir Alex, the job was going to be very difficult. It was going to take time to rebuild, it was a rebuilding job at Manchester United. You've got to remember David Gill (the chief executive) left, he was a big influence at Manchester United.

MORE TIME AND SUPPORT NEEDED

What Manchester United stand for is they keep their managers, they've always supported their managers. I hope they stick with Louis van Gaal, he deserves more time.

DAVID MOYES

"I think what Manchester United stand for is they keep their managers, they've always supported their managers. I hope they stick with Louis van Gaal, he deserves more time.

"It's still a work in progress for him. He's made some signings and from my experience in Spain it will take time for players from abroad to settle in. So I think they should stick with it. They don't want to become a club which continuously changes their manager."

Moyes, who was dismissed by the La Liga side in November, remains defiant regarding his own time at United, again criticising the club for not allowing him the time his contract suggested would be granted to him following his decision to move from Everton, where he had managed for 11 largely fruitful years.

"I wouldn't have done anything different. I would have only done it different if I'd known it was 10 months instead of six years," said Moyes, who was speaking on The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport.

"My understanding was that I was going to a club which always looked after their managers, even when they were in trouble and it wasn't going well, you got your time to sort things out. I was under that illusion when I was there.

"I had a great group of players. They had recently won the Premier League under Sir Alex but it was going to take time for that to change, evolve and of course there was going to have to be a changeover of players in time, but it couldn't be done in 10 months.

"Would I take the job again? Of course I would."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'Moyes urges United to give van Gaal more time to rebuild'. Print Edition | Subscribe