'Van Gaal is the best manager I have ever played for,' says ex-United star

Former Manchester United goalkeeper maintains that Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal is the best manager he has ever played for.

Ex-Manchester United hero Edwin van der Sar has publically backed Louis van Gaal amid rumours of his impending appointment as head coach at Old Trafford.

According to the Mirror, the former goalkeeper maintains the Dutch manager is even better than the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

Van Gaal is moving ever closer to the United hot seat if speculation is to be believed, with the Netherland’s manager odds on to become the Premier League outfit’s next permanent manager.

Ryan Giggs will maintain control as interim manager until the end of the season, but beyond that point it is likely the United board will opt for someone with substantially greater managerial experience.

Van Gaal is into the 23rd year of a managerial career during which he has enjoyed a wide range of success.

He won the Dutch league title on three occasions with Ajax in the 1990s, and also helped the side secure the 1991 Uefa Cup and then the 1995 Champions League title, with a team that featured van der Sar.

Van der Sar – now a director at the Dutch club – gave a glowing endorsement of his compatriot. He said: "I will say more about Louis and United once his appointment his official

"But I have made it clear here before that Louis Van Gaal is the best manager I have ever played for.''

It has been suggested that the Dutchman is prepared to keep on the class of '92 as coaches next season. This, of course, means Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville are likely to be retained over the summer.

This news should please United fans, as should the fact van der Sar rates van Gaal so highly.

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