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Fergie: “LVG is a great manager”

Southampton-v-Manchester-United-Premier-League (4)Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Louis Van Gaal has done well to stir Manchester United in third place, given the number of injuries he’s faced since the start of the season and the former United manager remains convinced the Dutchman is the right man for the club.

Speaking to BT Sport, Fergie said that Van Gaal should be judged only once he has a fully fit squad at his disposal, by when United are likely to fully click into gear, according to the former United manager.

“First of all, Louis Van Gaal, I don’t know how he can expect to get the best results with the injuries he’s had,” said Ferguson.

“Once they get the players back they’ll be fine. And when he gets the best players back, you watch United, because he’s a great coach, he’ll do well.

“I’m not interested in what’s happening with the players he’s brought in because they’ll need time. When I took Patrice Evra and Nemenja Vidic in the January of the same year, they were all over the place.

“It took five months to get used to playing for Manchester United, the culture, the history of the club, and these new players will be exactly the same. They’ve still got great players.”

Following a shambolic season under David Moyes, United are aiming to return to the top of English football and Van Gaal has previously stressed the importance to establish a philosophy at the club. Asked which philosophy United stood for, Fergie said that the club should embrace the spirit of the Class of 92, which “brought back the history of Manchester United”.

“Many people have different interpretations of what I’ve made Manchester United over the last 26 years, with great players – Rooney, Ronaldo, Cantona, Keane, Robson, Schmeichel, there’s too many to talk about,” said Fergie.

“But honestly I think the spirit of Manchester United has come from the ’92 team. I think that gave everyone at the club, not just the supporters, myself, my staff the directors, Bobby Charlton who was brought up in the Matt Busby era, it brought back the history of Manchester United, no question.”