Robbie Savage: Louis van Gaal has made a hash of his first six games at Manchester United.


David Moyes was seriously criticised by the fans and media but had more points than Van Gaal at this stage last season.

Manchester United are currently 12th in the Premier League table as they threw away a two-goal lead to lose 5-3 to Leicester City on Sunday.

Louis van Gaal has had a poor start to the season winning just once in five Premier League attempts since appointed as David Moyes` successor, and Robbie Savage thinks Van Gaal "is getting an easy ride" compared to what Moyes felt during his reign at Old Trafford.

Savage wrote in his Daily Mirror column:

“Louis van Gaal has made a hash of his first six games at Manchester United and he is getting an easy ride.

“If David Moyes had come up with the same results at the start of his short-lived reign at Old Trafford 12 months ago, he would have been fried for breakfast.

“Van Gaal has talked about needing time to establish his philosophy, whether it’s three at the back, a diamond in midfield or whatever.

“But how about a philosophy of keeping the ball out of your own net?

“The way United were taken apart in the last half-hour at Leicester was embarrassing and after spending £150million in the last transfer window, Van Gaal should be able to put out a side who can defend properly.

“After five Premier League games last season, Moyes was two points better off than Van Gaal at the same stage this year – and Moyes’ start included Chelsea at home plus Liverpool and Manchester City away.

“None of Van Gaal’s opening games – Swansea, Burnley, Sunderland, QPR and Leicester – was against a title contender, and yet he’s only got five points to show for them when United should have been looking at 15.

“And he’s been humiliated in the Capital One Cup at MK Dons for good measure.

“So why are we tap-dancing around Van Gaal when people would have been putting the boot in on Moyes?”


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