Legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has declared that Louis van Gaal is the right man for the club going forward, as he stated in his updated autobiography, set to be released over the coming days.
The former Red Devils manager is of the belief that the current players and his former charge Ryan Giggs, who is now the assistant manager, will learn from the ex-Netherlands manager.
Van Gaal was appointed at the start of the summer, but has endured a slightly mixed beginning to his reign at Old Trafford.
In bringing in Van Gaal to replace David Moyes, who led Man Utd to seventh in the Premier League last season, there was significant pre season optimism both in the press and the media.
Van Gaal has, however, been on the receiving end of some painful defeats, with the 4-0 loss against MK Dons in the League Cup the worst of the bunch.
However, Ferguson has given him a vote of confidence, saying: “Louis is what I would call a managers’ coach.
“He’s one of those committed ultra-professionals. If I had to choose one word for him it would be “formidable”.
“Football is his life. Wherever he has managed, every footballer will have learned from him. He was a good choice.”
Alex Ferguson has hit back at critics of the state that he left Manchester United in, instead suggesting that it was the fact that David Moyes did not realise how big Man Utd were that caused his downfall, as reported by The Guardian.
Writing in his updated autobiography, Ferguson suggests that it was a “massive jump” from Everton to Old Trafford.
He also wrote: “He hadn’t realised just how big United is as a club.”
Ferguson further suggests that the change in playing style under Moyes was somewhat to blame, saying: “The reason for playing at speed was that United players had been accustomed to operating that way.
“If the tempo slowed for any reason, I would be into them at half-time. ‘This is not us,’ I would say. Playing with speed never hindered our results. It was our way: energy and determination in the last third of the pitch.”
Moyes’s time at Old Trafford was punctuated by frequent disappointment for Man Utd fans, who saw their club change from champions of the Premier League to a side struggling in mid table.
The results achieved under the Scotland manager ultimately saw them finish in seventh, missing out on European football for the first time since the start of the Premier League era as a result.
Louis van Gaal replaced him in the summer, and salvaged a point at West Brom last night.
Legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson sent Brendan Rodgers a letter shortly after his sacking at Reading, as reported by the Daily Star.
Rodgers was appointed by Reading after he departed Chelsea, giving him his first job as a manager in football.
He failed to impress with the Royals, however, with the players failing to adapt to his style of football.
As a result, he was ousted from the post after only six months before being replaced by former Leeds United manager Brian McDermott.
Despite the initial setback, Rodgers moved to Swansea City, where he had unprecedented success with the Welsh club.
The Liberty Stadium club went on to storm the Championship after he replaced Paulo Sousa, gaining promotion to the Premier League.
An impressive season with the Swans in the Premier League saw Rodgers catch the eye of Liverpool owner John W Henry, who appointed him to replace Kenny Dalglish.
Despite this, Rodgers has not forgotten the letter Ferguson sent him, saying: “Yes, he wrote to me there. He’s done that with a lot of managers that were either out of work or sacked.
“He was a symbol of, I suppose, the managers’ union.
“I obviously highly respect Alex in what he has done in transforming Manchester United as a club.”