Manchester United Boss Louis van Gaal Backed by David Moyes, of All People

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterAugust 16, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Inspiration and support comes in strange places, indeed. 

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United's tenure got off to a rocky start in falling to Swansea City, 2-1, at Old Trafford. It was United's first opening day loss at home since 1972. 

In the aftermath, Van Gaal found backing from an odd source: former Manchester United boss David Moyes. Moyes, of course, had a disastrous campaign with United and was sacked before the end of the season.

Moyes tipped Van Gaal for future success on beIN Sports (h/t ESPN): 

Everybody knew it was going to take time. Taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson for anybody, it would take time.

Louis van Gaal will need the time to do the job as well. He'll need to have that opportunity to change things and get a team he wants.

What happened today happened to me against West Brom, Newcastle, and Everton last year.

Every team in the Premier League is very organised now and quite often it's the special players that win you the games.