Louis van Gaal insists that he was “not shocked” as his Manchester United side were thrashed 4-0 by League One outfit MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
United, who are priced at 13.00 to win the Premier League this season, have made a stuttering start to life under the Dutchman and remain winless after his first three games in charge.
The Red Devils were defeated at home to Swansea on the opening day before only securing a draw in their second game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last weekend.
Van Gaal shuffled the pack for the tie and handed opportunities to the fringe players in the squad with the likes of Reece James and Saidy Janko earning their debuts.
The former Barcelona boss admitted that he was not shocked by the result as he understands anything can happen as he continues to work on implementing a new system.
Van Gaal said: “I am not shocked because I know what can happen.
“A new team is not built in one month.
“I also think Milton Keynes played very well, very aggressively and they had a little bit of luck with the goals.”
The 63-year-old urged fans to be patient and stay behind him as he continues to try and rebuild the squad following a disappointing season under David Moyes, which saw the Red Devils finish in seventh.
He added: “For the fans, it is very difficult to still believe in the philosophy of Louis van Gaal.
“But you have to do that because I am here and I am here to build up a new team. The process needs time. We know exactly what we are doing.”