Louis van Gaal is the right man to rebuild Manchester United, according to club idol Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils have endured a difficult 18 months since the departure of Fergie, slipping from Premier League champions to a side without European football to its name.
David Moyes was drafted in to replace the Scot, but the ex-Everton boss – handpicked by Ferguson – endured a disastrous spell at Old Trafford and was dismissed before the 2013/14 season reached its climax.
Since then Van Gaal – a veteran of the game after managing the likes of Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich – has been brought in and backed heavily by the club’s board.
Fergie believes that the Dutchman is the right man for the job despite his stuttering start to life at the Theatre of Dreams and that he can rebuild the once great club:
“Louis, who took the job, is what I would call a managers’ coach. He’s one of these committed ultra-professionals. Football is his life.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“Wherever he has managed, every footballer will have learned from him. He’s strong, single-minded, as he showed again with the Netherlands at the World Cup – a marvellously entertaining tournament which supported my earlier point about teams counter-attacking nowadays en masse.
“I like Louis and have always had a good rapport with him. If I had to choose one word for him it would be ‘formidable’.
“His urge is to play attractive football. He likes to watch players play and players train and to be involved at all levels, including in the development of young players. His background at Ajax shows that his faith in youth will not diminish. He was a good choice.”