In the opening fixture of Group B, Spain were humbled by the Netherlands in a rout nobody predicted. Goals from Stefan de Vrij, Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie earned the Dutch all three points and made the mouthwatering prospect of a second round clash between the hosts and the world champions very real.
Having recently adopted a 5-3-2 formation, soon-to-be Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was showered with praised by fans and pundits alike.
Unbelievable. You don’t beat Spain by a 4 goal margin. Outclassed, outplayed and humiliated the so called favs. Well done Van Gaal.
— Mr.Darkside ® (@unitedforlife1) June 13, 2014
— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) June 13, 2014
Fans of the Red Devils were quick to take to Twitter to dream of what could be under David Moyes’ successor.
Dear Van Gaal, Please save the notepad you used for this match. The tactics make sense Warm regards A united fan
— Sir Robert Scribbles (@Sir_Scribbles) June 13, 2014
Whatever they are smoking down there at the Netherlands please bring it here to Manchester United, Louis van Gaal #MUFC
— Danielle (@GirlMufc) June 13, 2014
Louis van Gaal getting the best out of a workmanlike side augurs well for next season at United.
— James (@writtenoff_mufc) June 13, 2014
However, other fans were quick to downplay the significance of the result to United.
I’m waiting for the first mention that if Van Gaal can do that to the world champions m, imagine what he can do in the premier league #zzzzz
— Kevin Cummins (@KCMANC) June 13, 2014
Utd fans buzzing because holland won and Van Gaal is their manager 2 + 2 =5
— KippaxKing (@KippaxKing76) June 13, 2014
People freaking out about Van Gaal and United as if United have Robben, Sneidjer, Blind et al
— Ramu kaka (@Blame_Suarez) June 13, 2014
Regardless, the shock result produced a number of memorable tweets.
BREAKING: Louis Van Gaal walking into the dressing room. pic.twitter.com/1reK7yKjSP
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 13, 2014
Louis van Gaal leaving the stadium like.. http://t.co/661cHtGV3a
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) June 13, 2014
— Kathi (@_hollandsmeisje) June 13, 2014
Spain fans be like… pic.twitter.com/YigZF1fbLs
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) June 13, 2014
Despite the victory, Van Gaal will be quick to restore focus amongst his charges for the fixture against Australia on Wednesday, while Spain will hope to return to winning ways against Chile.