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Monday 5 December 2016

Beckham is seeking patience

David Beckham
David Beckham

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has urged Louis van Gaal's critics to be patient by giving the Dutch coach time to spark a turnaround in his old club's fortunes.

Van Gaal has been under the microscope all season, not only because of a string of indifferent results but also due to the team often failing to show the flair and dynamism traditionally associated with United teams.

The Old Trafford club, down in fifth place in the Premier League, ended a three-match sequence without a victory when they beat League One Shrewsbury Town 3-0 on Monday to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

"He (Van Gaal) is an experienced manager with a great reputation in the game. Sometimes it takes time, it is not easy being manager of Man United.

"As a Man United fan I always hoped we wouldn't go through a slump but it was inevitable," said Beckham who played for United under Alex Ferguson from 1995 to 2003 and helped them win six Premier League titles and the 1999 Champions League. "We have had so much success over the last 20 years that if we don't win something for one season or two seasons people talk about it being a crisis," the 40-year-old added.

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