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Louis Van Gaal needs time, insists Norman Whiteside

By Steven Beacom

Former Manchester United great Norman Whiteside believes under fire manager Louis van Gaal deserves another two seasons in the job to prove his worth, but admits he would like to see the Red Devils become a more potent attacking force under the Dutchman.

The Northern Ireland legend was at Old Trafford on Monday night to see United lose 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals, ending their hopes of winning a trophy in the current campaign.

The season will be a total failure unless United finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for next term's Champions League.

Van Gaal's side are in fourth at present, but face a tough run of fixtures including games against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The United manager's team selections and tactics have been questioned since August and the pressure will intensify if they end up in a Europa League spot.

Whiteside, though, a huge Old Trafford hero from his time with them in the 1980s, insists any talk of LVG leaving quickly like Sir Alex Ferguson's successor David Moyes, who didn't even last a full season, should be knocked on the head.

"You don't want to become a club that gets rid of a manager every 10 months," said Whiteside, the youngest player to appear in the World Cup finals.

"You have to give people time. I always feel you should give a manager three years: one year to inherit a team, one year to build a team and one year to get results, but chairmen and boards now want results yesterday."

Speaking on Talksport, Whiteside added: "It's been an up and down season and we've tried to play different systems. We are playing a lot of possession football. I don't mind that as long as we penetrate a bit more. That's what we need to do."

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