With the Netherlands’ impressive World Cup fast fading into the rearview mirror, Louis van Gaal’s next trick will be to bring his own unique swagger to Manchester United.
The ‘Iron Tulip’s’ supreme self-belief has never been in doubt but, just to highlight the confidence he will bring to the Red Devils’ 5/1 Premier League title bid, news.bwin.com/en/ have compiled a self-assured smorgasbord of LvG quotes that will have even the most pessimistic Red feeling buoyant.
I am who I am: confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative.
In case you weren’t sure who he was Van Gaal let everyone know during his spell in charge of FC Bayern Munchen.
I’m not the kind of coach who just goes out and buys players for the sake of it. I’m a coach who wants to – and can – improve players.
No need to wish the summer away hoping for further expenditure then, the Dutchman can simply make the existing squad even better.
[Pep] Guardiola follows the Van Gaal philosophy. So I’m not surprised Bayern have hired Guardiola. Bayern always hire the best managers.
LvG is in little doubt as to where the current FC Bayern supremo got his ideas from it would seem that Guardiola isn’t inclined to disagree:
My jaw dropped when I saw Van Gaal’s Ajax play. They did everything a football team should do perfectly in my mind.
Worried a style of play that worked so well in the traditionally more enlightened footballing waters of the Netherlands, Spain and Germany might not translate to English football?
Have a word with former Ajax and Nottingham Forest striker Bryan Roy:
He is very disciplined, very strict and is very attacking in his philosophy. I know English football well, and his style is suited to that.
Roy’s words not carry enough weight for you? Have it your way, Franz Beckenbauer had this to say:
He would be perfect for Man United because he is an internationally experienced coach and he understands English football. He is experienced and he is ambitious. He has the personality. He has everything.