Louis van Gaal is a complex character. The Dutchman is considered to be one of the best managers to have every worked at the highest level, with a proven record in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands justifying just that and illustrating why Manchester United turned to him in their summer of need.
There have been stories – exposing himself in the Bayern Munich dressing room – that have done the rounds, but now MUTV have given us a glance behind the headlines to see the real LVG, and there are some excellent quotes and snippets to pick up from it.
From being a “flexible” lover to just what he demands from his players, it’s all here:
“(I am very flexible) my wife knows this!” *shudders* Too much information, Louis.
“I was a slow player so I had to think very quickly,
“That’s why I developed a tactical level that suits me now as a trainer coach.”
“It’s like somebody coming to England like Louis van Gaal who has to drive with the steering at the other side,
“You have to learn that. I could have forced many accidents but I was fortunate I didn’t do that. I was lucky but it was always going better so I don’t have to warn people in my neighbourhood!”
Yes, Louis… it’s just like that!
“He has a road map in front of you and he tells you which direction he wants you to go.” The words of Ronald de Boer.
RVP: “To play for him you have to be really fit. What he asks from players is not what other coaches ask from other players.” No chance of signing Charlie Adam then!
“With men sometimes he is fighting but with ladies Louis van Gaal is playing the violin.” A friend from his time at Bayern Munich spills the beans.
“He always says if you ever want to speak to him about anything you can” Said Wayne Rooney. “His door is always open. He’s 100 per cent serious (about that). You can speak to him about things other than football and he’s a really nice guy.”
“We had a party in the town (following a title victory). He is a party monster – it was the Louis van Gaal show.” A colleague during his time at Bayern.
No words… just vines!