Football

Ancelotti: Tough for van Gaal to win title

Louis van Gaal will do a "fantastic" job at Manchester United.

But whether he can achieve instant success and lead the Red Devils to the English Premiership title in his first season in charge remains to be seen.

That's the view of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti who thinks the Dutchman will have his work cut out in his debut season in the EPL despite being an accomplished and experienced coach.

Ancelotti (above), who led Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, expressed his admiration for van Gaal ahead of Real's match against Man United at the Michigan Stadium in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament this morning (Singapore time).

But the Italian also suggested that the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach faces a difficult task in overhauling the club's fortunes following a disappointing start to the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

United have added Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw to their squad over the summer, but Ancelotti believes the fierce competition in the English topflight and the extent of the revolution required at United could scupper their hopes of challenging for the title.

"He (van Gaal) is a very good and very experienced manager," said Ancelotti, who confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo would not feature against his former club this morning as he wants to keep the Portuguese fit for the European Super Cup tie against Sevilla in Cardiff on Aug 12.

"He has had fantastic experience in many countries and I think he will do a fantastic job with Manchester United.

"He had a fantastic World Cup with Holland and is a manager who has nothing to learn.

"After Alex Ferguson, last year for United was more difficult and now they have to change the team. They have signed really good players this year. (But) to build a team is not so easy.

"The Premier League in this moment is a very competitive league and will not be easy to win in the first year because there are a lot of teams who are really competitive and want to win."

Sir Bobby Charlton, on the other hand, is confident that van Gaal is the perfect man to right the wrongs of last year's woeful season for Man United.

United are embarking on a new era with van Gaal at the helm following David Moyes' disappointing 10-month spell in charge.

Under the Scot, United endured their worst campaign in Premier League history, finishing seventh.

Van Gaal appears to be slowly putting United back on track. The Dutchman has enjoyed a successful pre-season tour so far, registering wins over Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma and Inter Milan.

And off the pitch, the players have responded well to his demands for unity, strength and commitment.

"It's marvellous. I am so pleased with the way it has turned out," Charlton, the club's record goal scorer told MUTV.

Charlton, a director at Old Trafford, conceded that errors were made in Moyes' only year in charge.

"We struggled a little bit last year and maybe a few people made a few mistakes but I don't think we will make them now," said the 76-year-old, who made 758 appearances for the club.

"Hopefully, we will be well-served by a really clever man."

- Wire Services.