Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

KLUIVERT: KING LOUIS WILL GET IT RIGHT AT REDS ; United Have Started Badly but Ex-Ajax Star Says Van Gaal Will Turn It around.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

KLUIVERT: KING LOUIS WILL GET IT RIGHT AT REDS ; United Have Started Badly but Ex-Ajax Star Says Van Gaal Will Turn It around.

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PATRICK Kluivert insists that he has 'no doubt' Louis van Gaal will get things right at Old Trafford - and that it is merely a matter of time before United fulfil the great potential that their pre-season form had promised.

The Reds impressed heading into the new campaign with high- scoring victories over LA Galaxy, AS Roma, Real Madrid and Liverpool.

However, goals and victories have been conspicuous by their absence since competitive action got underway last month.

In that time United have taken just two Premier League points from a possible nine and were humiliated in the Capital One Cup by League One side MK Dons.

Yet Kluivert, who played under Van Gaal at Ajax and Barcelona and worked for him as part of the Netherlands backroom staff at the World Cup during the summer, believes the transfer deadline-day acquisitions of Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind, along with the signing of Angel Di Maria for a British record transfer fee, will propel the club forward after a stuttering start.

"The games in America in pre-season were fantastic and led everyone to think big in terms of how United were going to start the season but I am confi-dent now that the transfer window has closed and United have brought in those last signings," Kluivert said.

"Things will and have to turn around for United and Louis van Gaal but he will be able to manage that team to play well and to perform at the best of their abilities.

"Daley Blind is a very intelligent player who reads the game very well.

Everyone saw him at the World Cup where he played all the games for the Dutch national team as a left wing-back and as someone who sat in front of the defence.

"He can be a key man between the defence, midfield and the strikers to dictate the tempo of the game."

While United will be looking to kick-start their season with a win over QPR this Sunday which would extend their unbeaten run over newly promoted teams to 30 games, Kluivert brushed aside criticism of his former mentor's decision to utilise the 3-5-2 formation that served the Dutch so well in Brazil. …

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