Next Manchester United boss Van Gaal admits he likes being the underdog

Louis Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has admitted he enjoys being the underdog with The Netherlands.

Manchester United will be hoping to go into the new season with renewed optimism after the appointment of Louis van Gaal as their new manager.

The former Ajax and Barcelona coach has the experience and know-how to do a fantastic job at the club, even if it is not likely to be a long term appointment considering his track record and age.

But he has been speaking this week about being the underdog. After United finished seventh in the Premier League expectations are at their lowest ever around the club, a difficult campaign behind them however and they can look forward.

Plus being the underdog appeals to van Gaal, who told the press this week:

"I like being in this position [the underdog]. This way we can work in peace and quiet. I am certain that we can surprise some people with this team.”

However he was not talking about United. No, rather he was talking about the job he has to do before then - guiding his nation to glory in Brazil.

The Netherlands may have made it to the final of the last World Cup in South Africa but they were woeful in Poland/Ukraine two summers ago and the team is an ageing side which is not being giving much of a chance in the media of repeating their feat of four years ago.

Van Gaal therefore has no pressure on his hands this summer, and perhaps not at United - I mean he will surely do better than Moyes did during his difficult reign.

But it seems he craves being wrote off, being the wounded party, all things that should excite both Dutch fans - and Manchester United supporters.

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