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Just four games into the season, Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Louis van Gaal for “clearing the decks” at Manchester United since taking over as manager in the summer. After steering Holland to the World Cup semi-finals, Van Gaal has some high expectations for his new squad. In his first public statement since the Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford to succeed the sacked David Moyes, Ferguson told MUTV:
“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 has been brilliant.”
Van Gaal spent £150m on his summer signings, including paying a British record £59.7m for the Argentina winger Ángel di Maria from Real Madrid, which is more than Burnley has spent in history of their club since 1888.
This weekend said signing di Maria came up huge for the devils with a first half goal from inside the box with his weaker, right foot. Radamel Falcao also opened up his Man United account, scoring debut his goal which clenched the three points for the Reds. His joy and relief were evident from his exuberant celebration. The goal was timely, as he had been snatching at chances, looking as eager to pounce as the tiger from whom he gets his nickname.
With the international break, their next game is not until 20 October when they are away to West Brom and Van Gaal will hope his new-look side can consolidate their form to ensure more comfortable afternoons at Old Trafford.