Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha, yesterday, backed under-fire manger Louis van Gaal and said the Dutchman can lead the Red Devils to a top-four finish in the ongoing English Premier League season.
Man United legends Denis Irwin (left), Louis Saha and David May (right) during the IloveUnitedIndia, a fan-based event at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai yesterday
United are currently on their worst run of form in 26 years after being knocked out of the Champions League and are placed fifth in the Premier League table and fans are clamouring for the head of manager Van Gaal.
"Right now, Van Gaal is the man. We should just support him and stick to his philosophy. The question is to finish on a high and then think about the next season.
Top-four league finish is the target and Van Gaal can achieve that," Saha told mid-day on the sidelines of IloveUnitedIndia, a fan-based event at the Reliance Jio Gardens, Bandra Kurla Complex.
Man United manager Louis van Gaal
"He (Van Gaal) has brought in a lot of balance to the side," added the 37-year-old, who was a part of the Man United Champions League-winning team in 2007-08. Saha went on to heap praise on United's 18-year-old forward Marcus Rashford. The young sensation scored twice on his debut in Man United's 5-1 victory over Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday and followed it with a brace vs Arsenal in United's 3-2 EPL home win yesterday.
"Van Gaal has given several youngsters like Rashford, Joe Riley and Guillermo Varela a chance (to showcase their talent). I am especially impressed with Rashford. We have had 14 injuries to senior players and these young players have come up the ranks and done well," said Saha, who played for United from 2004-2008.
'Leicester can win EPL'
Finally, as the EPL title race heats up, Saha felt Arsenal and Leicester City FC will have to fight till the end for the trophy. "The last time Arsenal won the title was more than a decade ago, in the 2003-04 season. "But they have a very good side this year and apart from them, Leicester City has surprised everybody. Man City have an outside chance," Saha concluded.