Gary Lineker knows a thing or two about working with great managers. After all, he played under the late Sir Bobby Robson and the iconic Johan Cruyff. Now, there is another Dutchman who gets his backing to succeed in English football.
Louis van Gaal was officially appointed as the Manchester United manager on Monday. The 62-year-old Netherlands coach has signed a three-year contract and will take over the duties at Old Trafford after the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is a much respected man in the footballing community and had won a number of major honours. He won the Champions League with Ajax in 1994-95 and took Bayern to the final of Europe’s premier club competition in 2009-10.
Van Gaal is also a strict disciplinarian and wants his players to behave and act exactly the way he wants them to. Under David Moyes, the United players were said to be lacking leadership and were not following everything that the Scot said. Under Van Gaal, such a deviation will not be tolerated.
The Dutchman comes with a certain European pedigree and he will command the respect of the United players. And this is what England legend Lineker believes the Red Devils need at the moment.
Following the announcement of Van Gaal’s appointment as the Manchester outfit's boss, this is what the 53-year-old wrote on social networking site Twitter.
Louis Van Gaal it is. Whoever would have thought? Good appointment though. Huge personality was needed to shake up MUFC. Just the man!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2014
Interviewed Van Gaal for a doc 20 years ago. Asked him what he would do if teams work out his system? 'This will never happen', he replied.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2014