Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said that his intention at Old Trafford is to build a squad for the future, as reported by ManUtd.com.
Van Gaal struggled in the opening fixtures of the season, taking only 13 points from his first 11 games, and there were questions about whether he was the right fit for the club.
Initial form suggested that he would struggle to improve on the seventh place finish that David Moyes managed last season during his solitary year in charge.
However, since then, the situation has changed hugely for the Red Devils.
They won six games on the bounce, and sit third in the Premier League after the tough festive period.
Players like Radamel Falcao have also come to the fore, having initially struggled with injury.
Van Gaal believes there is still room for improvement in his side, but also feels as though they are in the midst of building something exciting.
“The first feeling I had was especially after 11 matches, when we had 13 points, and I came into the stadium walking and I thought now the fans shall not be pleased,” he said.
“But they were rising up and clapping their hands when I entered the stadium.
“I felt not so happy myself because I was responsible and guilty for the results so I am very happy we won a number of matches in a row [after then]. [Also] I have had the time to know all my players and they are very good. It’s an exciting time and it’s why I became a manager – because I want to work with young people; it keeps you young, and you can make a team out of it.
“We are still building up a process. I think, as a trainer/coach and manager, that I have to analyse the performances of my players because that is the most important thing and that shows how far we are in the process. That is still not good enough, in my opinion, but I hope we shall improve.”