Iconic former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has finally broken his silence on current incumbent Louis van Gaal, insisting that the Dutchman is doing a 'brilliant' job.
Ferguson retired after more than 26 trophy-laden years in charge at Old Trafford in 2013, with former Everton boss David Moyes taking his place.
That proved to be a disastrous decision and Moyes was sacked after just 10 months in charge at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal taking his place this summer after the World Cup. Since the Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford Ferguson has kept quiet having been publicly supportive of Moyes during his doomed tenure.
After a rocky start Van Gaal appears to be getting his message across to his new Manchester United players - they've won their last two Premier League games against West Ham and Everton and now sit in 4th place.
Ferguson believes Van Gaal has done a fine job so far - and says that could well be because he's been able to do what Moyes couldn't and make the team his own.
He said: "Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually, maybe he’s doing the right thing — to clear the decks and build his own team.
'Because he’s got the experience and coaching ability to do that. The way he’s approached it, I think he has been brilliant.’
One of Van Gaal's biggest challenges is integrating the six new players he purchased for a combined fee of around £150 million over the summer and getting them to adapt to his particular brand of football.
They failed to win any of their first five Premier League games and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by lowly MK Dons, but things at Old Trafford seem to be looking up.
For Ferguson it has been a tough transition away from football and Manchester United, and he admits he felt as though he should still be in charge in the aftermath of his shock retirement.
Recalling a holiday to Abu Dhabi not long after he stepped down, he said: It was the first time I’ve ever had a holiday in my life in December and I’m sitting there at poolside in Abu Dhabi and I said to Cathy, “I should be at Carrington”.’