Louis van Gaal, 62, has agreed to be the next Manchester United manager, according to Dutch media source De Telegraaf. With teams like Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich on his CV, Van Gaal certainly has the pedigree to be United’s next permanent manager.
Ryan Giggs received the backing of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson to get the job on a full-time basis, but at the moment I feel that is far too risky. Personally I think we should’ve gone for that stellar name first time, because replacing Sir Alex was never going to be an easy task – one that eventually proved to big for David Moyes despite his best efforts.
It is believed that Van Gaal is to start working on transfer targets immediately, and he’ll have at least £100m to spend on new players. One player in each of the key areas is his minimum requirement, and he’ll be looking to conclude deals before the World Cup begins.
As expected, his arrival has been well received with Dutch compatriot Robin van Persie, who as hailed it as ‘great news’. He’s clearly looking forward to working with his international boss at domestic level, and it’ll certainly keep our striker happy for another season at least.
From what I’ve read, Van Gaal seems the obvious choice. He takes nothing less than 100% from his players (similar to Fergie), he plays an attractive style of football and he’ll be extremely committed.
Albeit a short-term fix, Louis van Gaal will get the best out of those players, and get them playing like Manchester United again.