Schweinsteiger calls for patience

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has urged the club's fans to have patience with manager Louis van Gaal as he will lead the Red Devils to success with time.

United, who currently sit in fourth spot in the Premier League standings, have been rock-solid in defence of late, conceding just one goal in their last seven matches in all competitions. But they have been somewhat goal-shy too and have netted fewer goals than any of the other teams in the top six.

Van Gaal has been on the receiving end of criticism from sections of the United support and from former players for a perceived lack of attacking football. The Dutchman has stood by his methods, and Schweinsteiger has complete faith in Van Gaal.

The pair have worked together previously, with Schweinsteiger part of the Bayern München side that Van Gaal led to the Champions League final and the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double, and the German international believes that there are parallels to be drawn between Van Gaal's two tenures.

"I recognise similarities between Louis van Gaal here and at Bayern Munich," said Schweinsteiger. "In Munich, if you remember, it took a while before the team understood exactly how he wants to play football, but in the end we won the Bundesliga title and made it to the Champions League final.

"You have to be patient, but of course during that, you have to win, you have to get results and you have to score.

"I think we are in a good way, but it is not about October or November, it is about May.

"I remember the fans were unsure about him early on at Bayern, but in the end, we did the double and so the fans in Munich loved him.

"I am sure Louis will bring success to United. I am convinced about that, but we have to do our work and we have to improve. I am convinced it will happen.

"You recognise what the supporters are saying, but football is not only attack.

"There are teams with different game styles and they also win titles, but I think especially in home matches we have to press and go forward."

Next on the agenda for United is a Premier League clash against Watford on November 21, followed by a Champions League encounter with PSV Eindhoven.