Ronald Koeman does not agree with the assertion made by Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal that a manager requires time to fully exact their changes upon arriving at a new club, as both did in the summer.
In his first press conference as Manchester United manager Van Gaal declared it would take at least three months of the season before a reasoned judgement could be made on his team.
Koeman, however, claims that these comments were nothing other than an excuse from Van Gaal to shield himself from failure, with the Southampton manager himself proving that it is possible to become an immediate success.
“It’s up to him,” Koeman told The Observer.
“If he needs two years more, give him two years more. Maybe he is doing different to other managers but I don’t believe that you need two years or one year.
“It’s all about the qualities of the players. The better the players, the easier it is for the manager.
“It’s an easy answer, as a manager, to say: ‘I need time.’ Sometimes they are more excuses. Football is the same in Holland, in Germany. The players are better in Germany and England than we have in Holland, most of the players.”
Koeman and Van Gaal, who have endured a testing relationship over the years, meet on Sunday afternoon as Southampton travel to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United in what is a top four clash.
Van Gaal emerged victorious from the reverse fixture earlier this season and a triumph once more will reinforce his club’s Champions League ambitions. Saints, meanwhile, will move above Manchester United and into third place if they can clinch the three points.