Beckenbauer gives English media tips on how to handle Van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal

Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer warns the English press not to ask Louis van Gaal “stupid” questions.

Louis van Gaal is said to an arrogant man who does not show any modesty. The Netherlands coach is also not someone who tolerates silly questions.

The most talked-about football manager in the world at the moment divides opinions. While most in the football community respect him for his illustrious career and his ideology, there are some who underline his faults – the authoritarian management style, the bluntness with the media and the stubbornness.

Yet, for all that, there can be no doubt that Van Gaal is one of the best football managers around and is a figure of respect. Just ask Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, who has described him as the “perfect” man for Manchester United.

Van Gaal worked at Bayern Munich under Beckenbauer for two years between 2009 and 2011, leading the German giants to the Bundesliga title and the Champions League final in 2009-10. He was sacked before the end of the 2010-11 campaign, but before long he was made the coach of the Netherlands national team once again.

Beckenbauer has loads of respect for the Dutchman, but the 68-year-old has warned the media in England not to ask Van Gaal “stupid” questions. If they do, then they will get an “arrogant” answer.

‘If you ask him a stupid question, then it can be that his answer is a bit arrogant, but if you treat him with respect, then respect comes back to you’, the Daily Mail quotes him as saying. ‘I like him. He was also very successful with Bayern Munich.

‘In the end there was a little discussion about the way he was handling his job so that's why they went separate ways but for me he's one of the best coaches in the world’.

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