By Coral Barry
Paul Ince has backed Louis Van Gaal to stay on as Manchester United manager after the Red Devils were knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool on Thursday.
Since his appointment in 2014, Van Gaal has failed to deliver any silverware and is in danger of another trophy barren season with just the FA Cup left to compete for after the exit from Europe.
Ince made over 200 appearances for United as a player and believes that Van Gaal deserves to be given more time.
“A lot of people say no, but I like to think as a manager you must give him time,” said Ince speaking to BT Sport after the game.
“But I don’t know, because David Moyes didn’t get enough time.”
Van Gaal has spent over £300million since his arrival and has sold a huge proportion of United’s 2012 title winning squad including academy star Danny Welbeck.
Despite the huge investment, United have struggled to compete at the highest level and were comprehensively beaten by Liverpool over the two legs.
Ince is adamant that Van Gaal is the man for the job, but expects there to be a response from the club’s hierarchy after a poor season by United standards.
The former Blackpool manager said: “When you are managing United the fans are expecting you to be competing for every competition.
“Expect you to be competing for the title. It you are not doing that, then it is down to the people up stairs to decide which is the best way forward.”
United face another huge task at the weekend with the local derby with Manchester City on Sunday.