Kop king: van Gaal nailed on to be United boss but he's too old

Louis Van Gaal

Legendary Liverpool striker believes Dutchman may be too old for the Manchester United managerial hot-seat.

Authoritarian manager Louis van Gaal has a global reputation as one of the top managers in world football. He boasts tactical flexibility (4-3-3 at Ajax, 2-3-2-3 at Barcelona and 4-4-2 at AZ), but has retained an attacking philosophy regardless of whether he is competing in Holland, Spain or Germany.

He likes wide players, high-lines and dominating the possession of the ball.

Van Gaal also has won nine major titles from three different countries, with four Eredivisie titles, a brace of La Liga honours, the Bundesliga, a Champions League trophy and UEFA Cup win to his name - yet seven of those all arrived prior to the turn of the millennium. For some, it is very much a case of 'what have you done for me lately?'

At 62-years-old, van Gaal has a detractor in renowned former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, now 39, who enjoyed his most prolific years in the 1990s - the same period when van Gaal was at his most successful.

He told talkSPORT: "I think with Holland and the World Cup, everything is spot on, he's nailed on to be next manager [of Manchester United].

"For me, is he the right man at United? I don't know if he is to be honest. He's had his time, it sounds silly but I think he's too old.

"You can't argue with what he's achieved and what he's won but I think they need a young and vibrant manager."

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