A diminutive but effective midfielder during his illustrious playing days, Edgar Davids, 41, has commented on the imminent installment of Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal as the next permament Manchester United managerial incumbent.
Davids worked under the legendary coach at the start of van Gaal's career as a manager and was one of the many Ajax academy prospects to go on to flourish for the national team, along with modern day greats such as Dennis Bergkamp, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars.
Such a willingness to work with and entrust youth in the senior team is a trait that Davids implies could follow him into Stretford. As quoted by Daily Star, the former Juventus icon and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder said: "United should take him. I worked with him a long time ago [Ajax]… he's a top manager."
He continued: "He goes into a club and he puts in the structure. He did it by putting in a foundation of young players at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and look at the results."
If/when van Gaal is announced as the successor to David Moyes, then there will be an obvious impact for precocious talents such as Adnan Januzaj, whose mercurial rise this season saw him thrust into the media spotlight thanks to vibrant performances consisting of chance creation and dribbling ability. By the season's end, he was rewarded with a trip to Brazil, as Belgium called him up to their World Cup squad.
Teenage Januzaj could flourish for many seasons under van Gaal's tutelage during what is a significant learning period for a footballer. However, he would not be the only United wonderkid capable of making a stamp in the senior set-up, as Tom Lawrence and James Wilson also demonstrated their capability by helping the club defeat Hull City 3-0 (Wilson scored twice) last month.