Mercurial Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has every confidence that Louis van Gaal will deliver the Premier League title to former club Manchester United.
The Portuguese said:
“Van Gaal is a fantastic coach and I am certain he will make United champions again – if not this year then very soon after that.”
Odds of 20/1 suggest that CR7’s doubts about the Red Devils reigning supreme this season are right, while the Dutchman’s stats indicate that the man from Madeira has nailed it again – it won’t be too long before the 13-time Premier League winners are the dominant force in England once more.
Every club Van Gaal has manned the rudder of has been crowned domestic champions at least once.
The Iron Tulip has got his mitts on the top prizes in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany in his illustrious managerial career, sampling glory with each of the clubs he’s taken charge of.
He fended off the might of Real Madrid twice during his Barcelona days, which followed an immensely successful spell at the helm of first club Ajax that saw de Godenzonen crowned champions three times.
Much of the success Bayern Munchen savour these days is down to the foundations Van Gaal put in place across his two-term tenure, one of which saw him claim the Bundesliga crown, while only the second ever Eredivisie title hoisted by AZ Alkmaar came when the Man Utd boss held the reigns.
Ronaldo also goes on to stress the importance of allowing the former Netherlands coach time to deliver the goods.
The major squad make over at Old Trafford this summer meant that achieving a fast start was always going to be tough, but each of the players who followed Van Gaal into the Theatre of Dreams have played key roles in league-winning outfits.
Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were recruited before the Dutchman’s first day at work, but Maros Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao are all familiar with title success, as are all of the Man Utd players left over from the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The combination of a squad laden with players possessing all-important league-winning know how and a coach that stockpiles domestic titles, Premier League triumph number 14 can’t be too far away for the Red Devils.