Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has rubbished the idea that managers need time to adapt at a new club in what is widely believed to be a subtle dig at compatriot and Manchester United gaffer Louis van Gaal.
Although the pair worked with each other at Barcelona in the late 1990s, their relationship turned sour during their time at Ajax and they have not been on good terms ever since. On Sunday, the two sides meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League and while van Gaal has impressed so far in his debut season at the helm, Koeman believes that this has been made easy by the resources van Gaal has at his disposal.
“It’s up to him,” Koeman said.
“If he needs two years more, give him two years more. Maybe he is doing different to other managers but I don’t believe that you need two years or one year. It’s all about the qualities of the players. The better the players, the easier it is for the manager.”
Going into Sunday’s clash, the Saints lie in fourth place in the Premier League table with 36 points, while the Red Devils are just a place and a point above them in third. The game is therefore of great significance with regard to the two teams’ Champions League aspirations.
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