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Manchester United: Five Things You Can Expect From Louis Van Gaal This Season

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Louis Van Gaal

Football’s worst kept secret is finally out. Louis Van Gaal will become Manchester United’s manager at the end of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. The 63-year-old Dutchman will have recently retired Ryan Giggs as his assistant and is set to bring more coaching staff along with him. So, here are five things you can expect from Louis Van Gaal’s first season in charge of Manchester United.

No non-sense approach

The Dutchman once described himself as “confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative.” That tells you all that you need to know about this highly-successful manager who believes that you either play his way or take the highway. He demands nothing but perfection from his players and will not let them slouch for even a second, something United were guilty of, far too much, last season.

His strict disciplinarian methods might mean that there might be a few fall outs with players, but you can be sure that the players that do make it into his good books, will give their heart and soul for the club and its manager. His title-winning pedigree and his massive ego will mean that the ruthlessness will be back in United’s play.

Promotion of youth

One of the many reasons why Manchester United went for the 63-year-old Dutchman is his philosophy of bringing young players through. Even with all the trophies he has accumulated and awards he has won, Van Gaal is perhaps best remembered for giving debuts to future superstars. His time at Ajax saw him give an opportunity to future legends like Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert, while at Barcelona, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta made their debuts under him.

Even his ill-fated recent stint with Bayern Munich saw him give players like Toni Kroos, David Alaba and Thomas Muller their debut, with the former and the latter rumored to join van Gaal at Old Trafford. Irrespective of the stars he buys, the Dutchman will always give youngsters a chance. So, the likes of Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson, Will Keane are sure to get opportunities and flourish under the Dutchman’s tutelage.

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