Thijs Slegers insists that the Holland manager must put Manchester United to the back of his mind as the World Cup approaches
Dutch football expert Thijs Slegers says that Louis Van Gaal must concentrate on Holland rather than Manchester United as the World Cup draws ever closer.
Van Gaal was appointed as the new United boss on Monday and has been the centre of attention in the British press since it was announced.
However, Slegers believes that he must not allow this to distract him from the task in hand of guiding Holland to a successful World Cup campaign.
“We are not always that good at focusing. At the last World Cup, when we reached the final, we were able to show that we can focus,” he said in an interview with TalkSPORT.
“Now Van Gaal is causing a little bit of stress and there will be a lot of English journalists in Holland over the next few days.
“There will be questions about Van Gaal and Man United, but it’s up to him to deal with that. Van Gaal is very, very professional so I’m sure that he will be able to tackle this in one or two days and then the focus will be on the World Cup.”
Van Gaal’s Holland squad is not one that is expected to win the competition, but it still has a lot of class and the nation will be hopeful of progressing to the latter stages of the tournament.
The 62-year-old has already reportedly drawn up a list of targets that he hopes will join Old Trafford, upon his arrival.
United slumped to a seventh placed finish, their worst of the Premier League era, this campaign and they will be expecting their new manager to put them back into title contention next season.
That task is for July, though, according to Slegers, and his attention must be on Brazil at the moment.