Manchester United have appointed the biggest manager there is in world football at the moment, according to club legend Peter Schmeichel.
The Dutchman is currently preparing his Netherlands team for the 2014 World Cup finals, but after the tournament in Brazil, he will start working at Old Trafford. As a matter of fact, he has already started making transfer plans, if reports are to be believed.
Last summer, United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor in an effort to maintain the continuity of the club and keep their long-term ambitions intact. Following a disastrous 2013-14 season, the Red Devils have given the responsibility to a Champions League-winning manager.
Van Gaal has seen it all and done it all. Having been involved in football management for almost 30 years, he is one of the biggest names around. True, the former AZ boss has not won the Champions League since 1995, but titles with Barcelona in Spain, AZ in the Netherlands and Bayern Munich in Germany attest his brilliance.
Schmeichel believes that Van Gaal is as good as any of the top managers in modern football, including Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) and Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).
‘Name me someone bigger and who has done more in football’, Goal.com quotes the 50-year-old Dane as saying at an event in Singapore. ‘The big clubs will always talk about the same names such as Ancelotti, Mourinho, and Wenger. Louis Van Gaal is always in there as well’.
Van Gaal is his own man and will certainly bring his own ideas to United. The Dutchman is a disciplinarian, but he knows how to get the best out of players and gives chances to talented youngsters.
Whether or not Van Gaal is the biggest manager at the moment is open to debate, but he was certainly the best available when United made the appointment.