Manchester United legend Sammy McIlroy insists he isn’t concerned about his former club’s start to the season despite the stuttering start to the season.
The club have spent a record amount on transfers in 2014 including two club record transfers but so far this season have scored just two goals and drawn just two and lost the others of their first four games – including a 4-0 defeat to MK Dons, a drab goalless draw at Burnley last time out and the 5-3 defeat to Leicester City last weekend. Still, McIlroy believes that there is reason to be optimistic.
“I’m not concerned at this moment in time,” he exclusively told TalkOfTheDevils.com. “The new man has come in and is completely changing the squad. Everyone’s been talking about needing a change in there for two years, the manager has come in and quickly identified what it is he needs to do. He’s had a look at every player, some more than others, but they’ve all had their chance. No we’re after the first international break we’ll start to see his squad, it might take a while for everyone to get used to the turnaround, but I’m confident that in the next few weeks and months before Christmas we’re going to see a huge improvement.”
United’s exit in the League Cup to the MK Dons means the club will only play league football until Christmas and despite Van Gaal saying he wasn’t surprised by the result, Sammy feels he’ll be disappointed.
“The way that the manager is putting his squad out, he’s giving everyone their opportunity, and there were a lot of young candidates getting chances. But with no European football he’ll have wanted a good couple of good runs so I have no doubts he’s disappointed with that,” admits McIlroy. “He gave a lot of young players a run out and to lose 4-0… well, it just wasn’t a Manchester United performance. You can’t tell unless you see them perform and now it’s all about his decision making – he is a lot more experienced than David Moyes was so he can make an early decision and stick to it.”