Van Gaal's big hint at United priority: Four players who benefit most

David de Gea

Dutchman gave a detailed interview in his homeland about his appointment at Manchester United.

In a revealing 15 minute segment on popular Netherlands TV show RTL Late Night, Louis van Gaal, 62, opened up over the confirmation of his position as Manchester United manager and hinted at some of the priorities he will have when he finishes his tenure as national manager of the Netherlands football team and settles down at his Old Trafford office for the the start of what is, contractually, a three-year arrangement.

The manner in which United welcomed van Gaal to the club, with a glowing assessment of the managerial veteran's capability on the club's official website, underlines their delight at having secured their primary summer target. Chief executive Ed Woodward said: "In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today."

Talks began, in van Gaal's own words, after the sacking of former boss David Moyes, which means the Dutchman and Woodward were engaged in different types of discussions for five weeks.

One of the main subjects of their talks will have been coaching priorities. Van Gaal said one of the main reasons United were eager to build a relationship with van Gaal is due to his track record when it comes to working with youngsters and nurturing precocious talents.

At Ajax, during one of the club's most successful spells in the 1990s, van Gaal was pivotal in the development of a number of Netherlands legends including Arsenal hero Dennis Bergkamp, former United glovesman Edwin van der Sar, as well as Patrick Kluivert, Frank and Ronald do Boer and Clarence Seedorf.

United are blessed with terrific youth at present, including Adnan Januzaj, a gifted 19-year-old attacker who will represent Belgium in Brazil at the World Cup tournament next month, as well as Tom Lawrence and James Wilson, who enhanced their reputations as prospects at the end of the season.

Between the three of them, the academy graduates demonstrated that even though the club's present was a disappointment for their massive fanbase, there should still be very real optimism for the future.

So who could the fourth player to blossom under van Gaal's tutelage at United be?

David de Gea, 23, is still in the embryonic stage for his position and, even though the goalkeeper is a consensus United Player of the Year for 2013-14, he still has room for great improvement - something he could accomplish due to who van Gaal has brought with him.

While Ryan Giggs' retirement and van Gaal's role as the Welshman's mentor dominated British press pages yesterday, Monday, the fact that he brings two exemplary coaches with him seemingly went unnoticed in the UK.

One coach, Marcel Bout, has a specialty in drawing up scouting dossiers on future opponents, while another - Frans Hoek - is the Netherlands goalkeeping coach and has history in developing exceptional shot-stopping talent having worked with Edwin van der Sar and Barcelona's Victor Valdes. Hoek will become de Gea's (and all United's glovesman) goalkeeping coach.

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