Manchester United will not be fixed overnight

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Perhaps I misjudged the situation slightly when I said David Moyes was the right man for Manchester United, but I have a good feeling about the former leader of the Oranje now in charge of the Red Devils.

But, to avoid a similar misjudgement I'm willing to place my rose tinted spectacles to one side and reassure everyone it may be a bumpy ride.

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Louis van Gaal is undoubtedly one of the finest managers in world football, something he proved when he guided his widely underestimated Holland squad to within touching distance of the world cup final in Brazil recently.

However, despite his quality there is one thing we must not forget, just how poor Manchester United have been recently. Even one of the best was doomed to struggle.

The blame cannot be wholly placed on Moyes' shoulders though, since the retirement of Paul Scholes (both retirements that is) United have lacked a real world class central midfield player, perhaps soon Ander Herrera can be that player, though at the minute he doesn't quite match up.

Ask any United fan who they need to sign and the majority will describe to you a perfect midfield dynamo, one who isn't afraid of a tackle and can pick a pass. Van Gaal may yet get that with Arturo Vidal, but as of yet, not quite.

Even if the Van Gaal gets all his men, who's to say how long it will take for them to have to desired impact? The recent signings of Argentina's World Cup stars Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria are both exciting by anyone's standards, but the English game can be a cruel one.

Despite this though it must be said, if anyone can get the most out of a player it's Louis van Gaal, even if it takes a bit of time.

Time required

Time, incidentally, will also be needed for Van Gaal to bed in his own footballing philosophy. The implementation of a back three and the use of wing backs is one that is somewhat alien to United fans and players alike.

It won't take off over night. It will take time to work. To perfect. Van Gaal will be fully aware however that time is not in abundance. One more season out of Europe and Manchester United really will be hurting, on and off the pitch.

Now the euphoria of a highly successful pre-season has worn off, with victories over Real Madrid and Liverpool being replaced with defeats to Swansea and third tier underdogs MK Dons, it is clearer for all to see that this job is an immense one.

Van Gaal isn't just picking up the pieces of last season, he's got to use those same pieces, and a few of his own, to create a masterpiece. Can United really afford another 'transitional period'?

I, along with most of the Old Trafford faithful, have every faith in Van Gaal. United fans have to remember that age old cliche though, Rome wasn't built in a day.

(Just make sure to forget that it was burnt to the ground in just a few hours!)

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