"They had to make a quick decision because of the position they are in," he said.
"When you are in that bottom half of the league it is never easy. All the teams down there will be battling to avoid relegation.
"Brian Laws has got experience and that is probably what they need at the moment."
Laws faces major problems in central defence for his first match in charge. Skipper Steven Caldwell (groin) is definitely out while Clarke Carlisle is rated as only 50-50 with a side strain. Meanwhile Andre Bikey is absent on African Nations Cup duty. Michael Duff is expected to continue at centre-back and if Carlisle fails to make it that could mean a league debut for young Canadian defender David Edgar, signed in the summer from Newcastle.
Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Neville, Rafael, De Laet, Brown, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Valencia, Park, Carrick, Scholes, Anderson, Gibson, Giggs, Obertan, Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Welbeck, Diouf.
Burnley (from): Jensen, Carlisle, Edgar, Eagles, Alexander, Elliott, McDonald, Fletcher, Duff, Nugent, Blake, Thompson, Penny, Guerrero, Gudjonsson, Kalvenes, Eckersley. United league form: WLWWD Burnley league form: DDLDL
Key opponent: Chris Eagles - former Red will be keen to impress at his old ground Prediction: United 2 Burnley 0 - it should be a routine win despite the club's current strife Agree with the prediction? Have your say. Click here for all the latest odds from Betfred.