Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said it was "stupid" for him to say that his teams usually start to show success after three months, according to the BBC.
Van Gaal originally made the remark when be became manager in July. Three months later, United is tied for sixth in the Premier League table with 11 points in seven matches.
The team has won its last two Premier League games but hasn't yet won away from home this season. If it fails to win Monday at West Brom, its six-game road winless streak will be its longest since 1996.
"It was very stupid to say three months because then the media are only talking about three months."
"It is always the performance that counts, but the performance always goes up and down," he added. "Against Everton we could not say it was very good. The first 60 minutes, maybe, but a game lasts 90 minutes. I don't think points are very important in the process. It's the game, it's the style, it's the formation, it's the philosophy that we have to judge and not the points.
"The points are coming when we are playing good, and not only good for 60 minutes, but 90 minutes."
United has struggled with injuries this season but is expected to see the return of multiple players soon, as Ander Herrera (rib), Chris Smalling (hip), Ashley Young (groin), Phil Jones (hamstring) and Michael Carrick (ankle) are all back in training.
Captain Wayne Rooney is currently suspended after he was ejected from United's Sept. 27 match against West Ham.
West Brom is currently tied for 15th in the Premier League with eight points in seven games.
- Ben Estes