Mark Hughes hopes Van Gaal can turn club’s fortunes

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has thrown his support behind Man United boss Louis van Gaal to turn the fortunes of the club around.

Louis van Gaal’s job has come under increase scrutiny due to the club’s poor results in recent times. Man United have gone six straight games without a win and three consecutive lost.

And Stoke City boss Mark Hughes who enjoyed two spells at United as a player believes van Gaal’s vast experience is enough to lift the club up.

“Louis van Gaal is a very experienced manager, he’s been in those situations before. He’s self-assured and self-confident so I don’t think it fazes him too much.

“You look at the clubs he’s been at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, top clubs across Europe and he’s ended up at Manchester United as a consequence of the success he’s had.

“He knows what he needs to do but he’s in that period of transition that needs navigating to get through to the other side. A bit of flux maybe.”

Stoke City host Man United in an early kick off at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day.

Man United will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways in today’s game while Stoke City will not hesitate to stretch United to their fourth consecutive lost if the opportunity avails itself.