Manchester United’s supporters must get behind Louis van Gaal despite the club’s embarrassing Capital One Cup loss to the MK Dons, according to Lee Sharpe.

The Red Devils slipped to a 4-0 loss at the hands of the League One side last night, with a second string XI which still included international players such as Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa.

Despite enjoying a fine pre-season, Van Gaal’s opening three competitive games are yet to garner a single victory, with a home loss to Swansea and a disappointing 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland ramping up the pressure early into his tenure.

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However Sharpe – who starred for United between 1988 – 1996 – believes that the experienced former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach needs time to get his methods across and the that he will be a success:

“It was a bad night obviously [against MK Dons] but in the bigger picture it’s not too bad,” he told talkSPORT.

“It is going to take time. We had Alex Ferguson leaving, then David Moyes coming in and trying to play the way he does, and now Van Gaal.

“He has only been there five or six weeks so it’s too early to judge him. A little bit of patience is needed.  It is a long-term approach for Van Gaal and I think you have got to trust him.

“He is the right man for the job. He is a strong character, he is not intimidated by big-name players, big signings, the size of the club and the task of the job at hand. I don’t think he is intimated at all, I think he quite enjoys it.

“It is just going to take a bit of time to get the team he wants and get them to play the way he wants them to play and to produce the standards he sets.

“I don’ think they are a million miles away. They have just not started as everybody thought they would do.”

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