Louis van Gaal's initial Netherlands World Cup squad hints at how he could approach life at Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal’s initial 30-man World Cup squad for the Netherlands has given a slight hint over how he could approach life as Manchester United manager.
The set of players van Gaal is set to take to Brazil this summer includes 16 stars who are based in the Eredivisie, suggesting he has a keen eye for home grown talent in terms of the team he’s managing.
Should he adopt a similar approach with United, it means the club’s fans could be seeing more of the likes of James Wilson and Tom Lawrence blooded into the team if the Dutchman is confirmed as United’s next manager.
If van Gaal takes that approach to Old Trafford then his transfer dealings this summer could echo what former United defender Gary Neville has just suggested; quality rather than quantity is the key.
“But if they can't get number one, number two, three, four, I'm not in a rush. As a Manchester United fan, I'd rather see James Wilson come through than some fourth-choice striker who isn't at the top of the list,” Neville is quoted by FourFourTwo.
“Signing three or four real top-quality (players) – and improving next season, bedding them in and then going again with two or three more the year after is the organic approach I would expect Manchester United to have.”
It makes sense because a sustainable, home grown method and approach to the United squad has the ability to create the spine of a successful United side for years to come.
The team greatly underperformed last season but the core of the side is still very much in tact; United have arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, options in central defence despite the exits of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, several central midfield players and four top quality strikers up front.
It’s all about fine tuning and tweaking the system, which means a balance for van Gaal between big investments this summer and using home grown talent, giving those players a chance to impress.
Ironically the Europa League would have given the club more of a platform to use and experiment with younger players, due to the need for squad rotation but the idea van Gaal is preoccupied with telling Ed Woodward to sign close to a dozen players this summer is flawed.
You don’t win a Champions League, numerous domestic titles and head into a world Cup as one of the favourites without knowing a thing or two about developing home grown players.