Sir Alex Ferguson says “you need time” at Manchester United and believes they have a chance to win the Premier League this season.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, the former Old Trafford boss, who won 13 Premier League titles during a 26-year spell at the club, said that the inconsistent form shown by many clubs in the early part of the campaign means that this season’s Premier League title is an open race.
“It’s that kind of league, anyone can win it now. Leicester are the most consistent – they’ve only lost one game. If we get to New Year up near the top, we’ll have a good chance,” said Ferguson.
United face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday as they look to improve on their current standing of third – two points behind leaders and neighbours Man City.
“He [Van Gaal] has certainly made a lot of changes and he’s bought (six) new players this year and, I think, five or six new players the year before,” said Ferguson.
“That takes time and it’s not easy. Coming to Manchester United, you do need time. In my time, there was maybe Dwight Yorke who gave an immediate response – he was fantastic from day one. They are not always like that; he was an exception. It normally takes some time, particularly if they come from abroad, to settle in.”
Ferguson, who was in New York to promote his new book ‘Leading’ also believes under-fire Wayne Rooney will rediscover his best form.
“All the strikers I had, everyone relied on their confidence. When they were scoring they think they can never stop, when they’re not scoring they think they’re never going get a goal, it’s a fact.
“When I was a striker I was the same; my dad used to say make sure you hit the ball, don’t try and pass it in the net. Eric Cantona had it, [Ruud] van Nistelrooy had it, [Andy] Cole had it and then the rich stream comes along again and they’re back to normal. I think we’ll have to wait, it’ll happen. He [Rooney] will go on a run, don’t worry about that.
“Wayne was a typical English player, determined when he came to United, so it’s not a surprise that he is the captain. Plus, there’s the longevity he’s been there, over 10 years, so that all works into the way United work. If my captains were injured, it was always the case that the most senior players became captain,” added Ferguson.