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Sir Bobby Charlton feels Louis van Gaal was 'surprised' by enormity of Manchester United

Rohan Menon
Modified 01 Mar 2015, 15:05 IST
Sir Bobby Charlton gives his view on Louis van Gaal’s progress

Sir Bobby Charlton, feels Louis van Gaal was not ready for the enormity of Manchester United when he took up the job. Charlton, who is the director of Manchester United feels that the Dutchman who came this summer, will definitely be a hit but needs time to settle down. 

Manchester United who is in the top four of the league, are competing for Champions League qualification with several teams although they have only lost two of their last 16 games. Although the statistics might display a pleasant image, the United team has come under a lot of criticism recently for their shabby style of play. 

The 63-year old Dutchman has experience managing top level clubs like Barcelona, Ajax, and Bayern Munich, but might have succumbed to the enormity of United according to the United legend. Van Gaal’s start at Old Trafford was definitely not the most flattering, but he has been able to keep the team afloat even if the team is not working like a well-oiled machine.

"It's been just the way I thought it would be this season," said the United’s top goal scorers who has 249 goals in 758 appearances in a programme column ahead of the Saturday fixture against Sunderland.

"A new manager comes in and has lots of things on his mind, a lot to think about at once, and Louis van Gaal was perhaps a little surprised by the enormity of the club."

Charlton feels the Dutchman just needs some time to settle down at the club, and will surely be able to replicate his success with other European clubs and the Netherland national team.

"I am not worried about the season or the future," said Charlton.

"I think we can look forward to some fantastic times here.

"There has been misfortune along the way. Look at the injuries we've had, or the deflected goal at Swansea last weekend, but sometimes you get that."

Published 01 Mar 2015, 15:03 IST
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