Louis van Gaal is facing a fight to keep hold of his job at Manchester United, but Phil Neville has “total faith” that the Dutchman will succeed at Old Trafford.
According to widespread reports, Van Gaal has a maximum of two games to inspire a turnaround in performances and results at United or face the sack, with Jose Mourinho said to be angling for the Dutchman’s job.
Neville, however, believes Van Gaal will not only ride out the current storm but go on to achieve success at Old Trafford in the long run.
“United are having a tough spell at the moment and they’re finding it difficult, but there’s a long way to go,” Neville said in an interview with Breathe Sport.
“I have total faith that Louis Van Gaal can, and will, bring success to Old Trafford.”
Neville, currently assistant manager to his brother Gary at Valencia, would like to go into management himself in the future but insists he has no great desire to return to either United or Everton.
“At some stage I’d like to manage, that is the long-term aim.” he said. “However, I know that I’ve got a lot of time, so I see no need to rush. When I feel I’ve got the right experience and there is a job that I think suits me, I’ll think about it. For now, I want to focus on doing a great job as a coach and an assistant here at Valencia.
“I will always have an affinity to Manchester United and Everton and I had some amazing times at both of those clubs but, when it comes to football, I never look back! I am loving working for Valencia right now and it has become a big part of mine and my family’s hearts.”
Neville also revealed that the lack of a winter break in England is the source of amazement in Spain, adding: “It’s crazy that the Premier League don’t have a break! It is laughed at all over Europe.
“It’s great to watch but, for the good of our national team and players, it needs one!”