Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Louis van Gaal following a disappointing season at Manchester United. The legendary manager claims that the number of injuries United have suffered has played a huge part in their failure, and would have had an impact on any team.

It’s dead easy to be critical. For 150 years of history, it’s worth having a couple of years on the quiet side of success because they will always come back and come back strong.

You have to be realistic about some things, the number of injuries he has had. Phil Jones has played only seven games this season, Ashley Young, Valencia, Shaw – these are big losses. It doesn’t matter which team you are, if you have players missing of that calibre it has to have an impact on the team.

The other aspect, which is always easy to forget, is there are also five new players in their first season at United, and two are young players in Martial and Memphis and their promise is good. You have to have some patience being a Manchester United fan and they have shown that over the years, in Matt Busby’s time, in my time.