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FIVE things we’ve learnt about Louis van Gaal from the World Cup

Date: 16th July 2014 at 7:42pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal found himself at a rather unique situation at Brazil 2014. The Dutch media had already written off Oranje's chances of winning the World Cup, or even venturing too far past the group stages, but van Gaal entered the tournament with a point to prove, following news that he would take over at Manchester United ahead of next season. The 62 year-old already boasts an envious CV, including Bundesliga, La Liga, Eredivisie and Champions League titles throughout spells with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ. But having never plied his trade in the Premier League before, in England at least, there is a shroud of mystery surrounding the now-stepped down Holland gaffer, whose reputation as a managerial maverick tends to precede him. Well, the Brazil 2014 gave us a fantastic insight into the incoming Carrington boss, and with that in mind, here's a list of the FIVE things we've learnt about Louis van Gaal from Holland's World Cup campaign. Ability to adapt and experiment Before the World Cup, there were concerns over how Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie would fit into Louis van Gaal's 4-3-3 formation, a system he's continually championed throughout spells at ... Read More

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