Louis van Gaal has endured a dreadful start to his reign at Manchester United, failing to win any of his first three competitive games in charge, losing twice, and one of his former players is already expressing concern about the difficulty of the challenge ahead.
Arjen Robben, who played under van Gaal for the Netherlands and at Bayern Munich before that, told Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf, “It will be very difficult because the problem in the Premier League is that each game is a new battle.”
United and van Gaal enjoyed a very good pre-season, which filled Old Trafford with optimism but since the new season got going for real, performances have been at a much lower level.
Despite the poor start it is premature to be asking questions about the manager’s future, but Robben is worried about his former boss. The 30-year-old winger, who ruled out a move to United himself earlier this summer, said, “I hope he gets the time, but this is often not the case in England. The pressure increases if you do not win.”
However, United have suffered an early season injury crisis, with new signings Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria also yet to feature, and Robben does believe that the club has the quality to turn the corner quickly.
He explained, “I don’t really like to talk about other clubs, but everyone can see it is not really a stable team. But If you realistically look at the situation, United still have a new injection of quality that can be used.”