Ronald de Boer has described Netherlands international coach Louis van Gaal as a “perfectionist”, but has warned that not every Manchester United player will like his tactics.
De Boer played under Van Gaal at Ajax and Barcelona, as well as the Netherlands national team .
Van Gaal will take over the responsibility at United after the World Cup in Brazil, where he is currently on a mission to take the Dutch to glory.
So far the Oranje have been superb. Having dispatched holders Spain 5-1 in their opening Group B game last week, the 2010 World Cup finalists edged past Australia 3-2 on Wednesday to book their place in the round of 16.
The Dutch players have shown harmony among themselves and respect for Van Gaal, who has a reputation of being a disciplinarian and being stubborn. United striker Robin van Persie enjoys a very strong relationship with the former Bayern Munich boss, and it was clear in the way he celebrated his goals and the victory over Spain.
After a disastrous 2013-14 season under (the sacked) David Moyes in which United failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League, Van Gaal is said to usher in a new era and lead the Red Devils to glory.
De Boer believes that the 62-year-old is the perfect fit for the three-time European champions and has underlined the key reasons why.
‘I think because he wants to be the best, but also he wants to speak the language, so he takes a course to speak the language quickly’, the 44-year-old told MUTV. ‘It’s the same in Spain, Germany, because he’s devoted in everything he does... He is such a perfectionist, he wants everything well organised – his planning, his training sessions – so he has a road map in front of him’.
However, De Boer added that it could take some time for the players to get used to Van Gaal’s tactics and warned that there could be occasions when many may not like them.
‘On his tactics, he will know the weak points of the opponents, and what the team needs, so he can really make a very strong team and a team that believes in each other’, he explained. ‘Sometimes it takes time to get that belief from the players, some will not accept that and will drop off, but when you have everybody together, believe me, you will have great success’.
Van Gaal will arrive in Manchester with a vision to take United back to the top of English football, and any player who does not accept it will find himself off the team. That is pretty much clear.