Former Chelsea star and current Bayern Munich player Arjen Robben has backed his former manager Louis van Gaal to turn Manchester United back into Premier League champions again, despite their shaky start to the new season, as reported by the Daily Star.
Van Gaal was tasked with the rebuilding of Man Utd’s shattered squad this summer, with the club having slumped to a seventh place finish in the Premier League last season.
The job done by former boss David Moyes took the majority of the blame when judgements were handed out at the end of the last campaign, but Van Gaal has struggled to get Man Utd into a rhythm since the start of the season.
They have won only one game, and suffered a stunning and humiliating 4-0 loss against MK Dons in the League Cup.
Robben, however, feels as though the club managed by his former boss can succeed. The Dutch winger was linked with a move to Man Utd this summer, although it seems as though Bayern scuppered it, judging by Pep Guardiola’s recent comments.
He said: “I haven’t spoken to him recently, but I was very happy for him that he won the game against QPR.
“Hopefully now he can show that he will do very well, but he needs time.
“I know how it works – if you are not winning, you get the pressure but the management at United know what sort of coach they have got and I am very confident he will be successful there.
“I have worked with Van Gaal at Bayern as well as with Holland, so I have known him for a very long time.
“He is one of the few coaches, I think, who can make teams play better. He makes players better.
“United have some young, talented players and I have no doubts that he will do well at Old Trafford.
“He will get United back into the Champions League next season, where they belong.
“They are such a big club and that is where they belong.”